The daughter of one of the country’s top doctors who became a voice for nurses struggling during the Covid pandemic has died suddenly in her sleep.
‘The light in our life has gone out. My beautiful and only daughter died yesterday,’ Dr Atchison wrote on Thursday.
‘She never woke up. ‘It was so utterly unexpected and my husband and my hearts are shattered. I really don’t know what to do.’
Dr. Atchison became the public spokesperson for nurses and hospital staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Daily Mail.
She was critical of South Australia easing its border closure on November 23, warning the reopening would place further strain on the health system.
She also presented the latest report into South Australia’s healthcare system that revealed a crippling shortage of healthcare staff and beds in hospitals.
Dr. Atchison also advocated and encouraged people to take the Covid-19 vaccination.
Border Watch (AU) reported:
Australian Medical Association SA president Dr Michelle Atchison said vaccinated individuals were still able to contract COVID-19, but less likely to experience serious symptoms and hospitalisation.
“If you are vaccinated and you get COVID, you are likely to have a serious type of illness and are very unlikely to require intensive care,” she said.“
If you are not vaccinated, you run the risk of requiring a ventilator or having high intensity care and the reality is that in an outbreak, the regions can’t manage that. “
We recognise there is a very small chance of serious side effects, but it is a safe vaccine and we encourage people to take it.”
Last month, Atchison responded to a tweet saying that health care workers should be on the list for 4th vaccine.
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