Mother, 36, ‘dies of coronavirus’ in her flat after being told she was not a priority when she called 999
- Kayla Williams called with fever, cough and severe pains in stomach and chest
- NHS staff told the mother of three to take care of herself at Peckham home
- Paramedic then told her husband hospital would not take the patient
- They said she was not a priority and Ms Williams died in south London flat
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A mother of three has died in her flat after calling 999 and being told she was not a priority despite displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
Kayla Williams died of suspected Covid-19 at her apartment in Peckham, the day after call handlers told her to look after herself at home.
The 36-year-old’s life was cut short on Saturday, when paramedics came to her south London address.
Kayla Williams (pictured) died at home in Peckham, south London, after being told she was not a priority
Husband Fabian Willams told the Guardian that his wife was suffering a cough, high fever and severe chest and stomach pains on Friday.
Documents have revealed that she was being treated as a suspected coronavirus case when she was told to stay at home.
Mr Williams said: ‘I called 999 because my wife was breathless, she was vomiting and she had pains in her stomach.
‘As I was talking to them she was getting worse and they told me to put her on the floor and to make her body flat.’
A paramedic came over to perform some tests on the patient at 8.32am but told the couple the hospital wouldn’t admit her.
Mr Williams said. ‘She told me the hospital won’t take her, she is not a priority. She did not stay very long and she went outside to write her report and posted it through the door.’
When his wife’s condition worsened the next day, Mr Williams ran her a bath and helped to dress her.
He left her to rest in the lounge and then came back to find her slumped over. ‘She was already dead,’ he told the paper.
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