Florida nurse working with coronavirus patients found dead in his car
A Florida nurse on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic was found dead inside his car in a hotel parking lot in Deerfield Beach, police reported.
32-year-old William Coddington was a nurse at the JFK Medical Center. He passed away on April 25. Coddington, as it was later confirmed by his parents, struggled with substance abuse. Then he started working as a volunteer to work with the coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit. That‘s when he started suffering psychological trauma and isolation.
“You could see in his eyes, this was extremely stressful. One of the comments he made to me was, ‘Dad, I wake up at night hearing the respirator alarms.’ Respiratory care for COVID19 is like trying to pump air into a brick. The alarms were constantly going off,” his father, Ron Coddington said.
The day before his death, April 24, Coddington spoke to his best friend Robert Marks on the phone. Marks texted him “don’t take unnecessary risks but hang in there.” Coddington’s parents suspected drug over doze.
On the night of April 24, he spoke by phone to his best friend Robert Marks and sounded distraught, Marks said. Coddington was caught between the war zone at work and his confinement at home.
Authorities said they didn’t suspect a foul play in his death. The cause of his death is pending the further investigation.
“I know it was hard for him. He had one case where he was doing FaceTime with a lady whose family couldn’t be there. It was the last time she talked to her family,” the dad said. “The stress was just something that he was looking for an escape from.”
On April 13 Coddington pleaded for extra PPE in his Facebook post. He said that he and his fellow nurses were “trying not to die.” However, he didn’t blame the hospital on that and asked for donations.