A South Carolina mother reportedly died of COVID-19 less than three weeks after her daughter also died of the disease.
Shirley Bannister, 57, was the Chair of the Nursing Department at Midlands Technical College and tested positive for the coronavirus on September 7. On the same day, their daughter Demetria "Demi" Bannister died.
Shirley Mills Bannister, the mother's sister-in-law, told news channel WISTV that Shirley had made three separate trips to the hospital and complained of symptoms before she was finally admitted.
"I just heard them say, 'Shirley … they won't test us, they won't let me be treated because they say my symptoms are not severe enough and I need treatment," the relative said.
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Bannister's death was felt by the entire Columbia, South Carolina community as she was very popular with the school community in which she worked.
"My heart is broken. Shirley was like an angel on earth," said Dr. Ronald Rhames, president of Midlands Technical College, in a statement. "Her life work has been to take care of others. While her death is devastating, is their effect is eternal. "
Rhames also revealed that Bannister had graduated from the school she worked at. She also taught at the facility and rose to head the school's nursing department.
Demetria Bannister was a third grade teacher at Windsor Elementary School, also in Columbia. She died just three days after the coronavirus was diagnosed.