Anti-vaxx nurse dies after Covid diagnosis as heartbroken colleagues pay tribute

An anti-vaxx nurse has died days after being diagnosed with coronavirus, her heartbroken sister has said.

Olivia Guidry, a nurse in the emergency department at Ochsner Lafayette General, Louisiana, US, died on Saturday, July 13, The Advocate reports.

The nurse's sister had written on Facebook on July 8 that she had a really high fever and a seizure after being diagnosed with Covid several days beforehand.

Fluid was later found on her brain and she was put in a medically-induced coma so doctors could attempt to remove it.

"She had an MRI come back showing brain damage and swelling," Brittany Smith wrote.

Her condition continued to deteriorate and on Sunday (local time), her sister posted a message saying Ms Guidry had died.

"My sweet girl, there are so many things that I could say but my heart simply cannot find the words," she said.

"I will miss you every day for the rest of my life … A beautiful, smart, kind, and loving girl with so much life left to live and who lived life with such joy and vibrancy.

"You were my absolute best friend. I truly can’t imagine life without you … We will see each other again one day, but right now my heart is so shattered."

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Her hospital colleagues have also been left devastated by the loss.

"Today is a sad day for my ER family and I," her colleague Nick Berthelot posted on Facebook. "Your contagious laugh and smile will truly be missed Liv. Until we meet again sweet girl."

Another former colleague, Taylor Niland, wrote: "Sweet girl.. hearing this news is soul-crushing. I remember you as a nurse tech in the ER and then starting your nursing career with us all— devoted and hardworking. You were a joy to be around. To know you is to love you."

Ms Guidry was diagnosed with Covid in early July, according to a social media post from her sister.

Her Twitter account has since been deleted but screenshots of tweets Olivia posted last year have been shared online where she urges people not to get the covid vaccine.

"This vaccine has been released using recombinant DNA technology faster than any vaccine in the world," Ms Guidry posted on July 26, 2020. "It manipulates your DNA at the tiniest molecular level. Do. Not. Get. It. It's not safe."

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She also questioned pandemic safety measures and retweeted another account calling coronavirus tests fake.

"Am I the only one thinking they are trying to see how much they can control us???" she posted July 11, 2020. "We are a straight-up social experiment."

Both of Ms Guidry's parents are currently ill with the coronavirus, according to reports.

In a statement, Ochsner Lafayette General CEO Al Patin said that an autopsy would conclude the exact cause of death but is not expected to be complete for several days.

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The statement read: "We are extremely saddened by the loss of Olivia Guidry, a registered nurse at Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center. She was a beloved member of our hospital family and dedicated to taking care of every patient who entered our emergency department.

"Many reports have stated that Olivia died due to complications from Covid-19. However, the cause of her untimely death is unclear at this time and will be determined by an autopsy, with results not expected for several days. The appropriate officials have been made aware of her case.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to the Guidry family, and out of privacy and respect for them during this unimaginable time, we cannot provide further comment. We are focused on providing support and counseling to our team members who worked alongside Olivia every day and are mourning the loss of their friend and colleague."

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