A Florida nurse who struggled with trauma and isolation on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic was found dead in his car in a hotel parking lot.
William Coddington, 32, worked at the JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach before his death on April 25.
Becoming a nurse in 2018 was a dream come true for William Coddington. But in March, as fatally ill COVID-19 patients began showing up in his intensive care unit, the emotional strain was taking a toll on the 32-year-old https://t.co/ykSd35efmF pic.twitter.com/YvB4JWfeqJ
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Her parents confirmed that she battled substance abuse before becoming a nurse and volunteer to work with patients with COVID-19 in the respiratory intensive care unit.
The official cause of death pending further investigation, but foul play is not suspected.
“You could see it in his eyes, this was extremely stressful. One of the comments he made to me was: ‘Dad, I wake up at night listening to respirator alarms. ’“ Said Father Ron Coddington in an interview with the Daily news.
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“I know it was difficult for him. He had a case where he was doing a FaceTime with a lady whose family couldn’t be there. It was the last time he spoke to his family, ” said the father.
“Stress was something I was trying to escape from,” he added.
A Florida nurse who struggled with trauma on the front lines of the pandemic was found dead in his car.
“One of the comments he made to me was,‘ Dad, I wake up at night hearing the respirator alarms. ’” His father told the Daily News.https://t.co/1d0Jba7JbF
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The last two times William Coddington saw his father, stood in the front yard, and did not allow his 67-year-old father to come near enough for your usual hug.
“I called from the front garden and the boy came up. He was afraid of contaminating his father. I was worried about everyone. This isolated him and scared him,” said Ron Coddington.