A woman in Santa Clara County is now believed to be the first person in the US to be killed by a coronavirus novel died of a broken heart caused by her body’s struggle to defeat the virus, an autopsy shows.
Patricia Dowd, 57, from San Jose, died at home on February 6 due to a heart attack and had a cold. But This news organization reported Thursday that officials now say he has a corona virus, which they did not know at the time.
An autopsy report posted Saturday night by the San Francisco Chronicle showed that his body was fighting so hard against the virus that the valve in his heart burst, a pathologist who reviewed the document told the news organization. .
Judy Melinek, Bay Area forensic pathologist who reviewed the autopsy report, said it showed the heart “infected muscle, that’s what caused the heart to burst.”
Dowd’s heart is a normal size and weight, Melinek said. Heartbreak such as that suffered by Dowd usually occurs in people who have bad cholesterol levels.
“There are indications of a weakened heart,” Melinek said. “The immune system attacks the virus and attacks the virus damaging the heart and then the heart basically explodes.”
Dowd’s husband, citing his wife’s strong sporting habits and overall good health before falling ill, had requested an autopsy.
The results show the role of the virus that was played, which was unknown at the time of death, and is now considered an important missed opportunity in the battle against the virus and COVID-19, the disease it causes. Death of Dowd, as well as two others, on February 17 and March 6, showed the virus spread on the West Coast long before the first known US case was marked in Solano District in March.
The Bay Area District did not issue the country’s first residence order at home until nearly six weeks after Dowd’s death.
“If we understand then people are dying … we might act earlier than we do,” said Santa Clara County Health Officer Sara Cody at a press conference on Wednesday.
What was then considered a death due to the first corona virus in Santa Clara County was reported publicly on March 9. On Saturday, the regional health department reported 99 deaths caused by the virus.