Thalita Rocha Lima was visiting a crowded Covid-19 ward this month in Manaus, the biggest Brazilian city in the Amazon, when her mother-in-law Maria and other patients suddenly became agitated, breaking out in sweat and gasping for air as their fingertips turned purple.
“I ran over to check the equipment and that’s when I realized: There was no oxygen left,” said Ms. Rocha Lima, who rushed out into the corridor yelling, “They’re going to die.”
The hospital’s director informed her that the hospital had run out of oxygen and didn’t know when it would get more, she said. Her mother-in-law, a 67-year-old retired nurse, suffocated about 14 hours after the oxygen ran out, along with others in her ward, Ms. Rocha Lima said.
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