Longest ICU patient in Spain fighting coronavirus has died

LONGEST ICU patient in Spain fighting coronavirus has died shortly after leaving hospital.

Ángel Mateos, who became the patient holding the record for the longest time spent in an ICU unit due to coronavirus after 172 days in intensive care, has died.

The extraordinary man, hailed by hospital workers as ‘a great fighter, was admitted to the ICU of Igualada Hospital, Barcelona, where he had worked as an auxiliary  nurse for 20 years, on March 16.

Mateos faced multiple complications while in the ICU from March to September 3, including kidney failure, sepsis and pneumonia.

The health worker’s colleagues reported his death on social media on Wednesday, October 21, saying” More than an Angel, he was alike a Phoenix that resurfaced over and over again after all the complications.”

“We want to express our sincere condolences to all the family and friends for the death of our dear colleague Ángel Mateos . Ángel, fighter, you leave us a great void and we will always remember you,” the hospital said in a tweet.


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