Kaila Corrothers said that when she thinks of her mother, Deborah Gatewood, there is one thought that lingers: “This did not have to happen this way.”
Deborah Gatewood had two years to go before she could retire from a Detroit hospital.
But Gatewood, a phlebotomist for three decades, will never celebrate that milestone.
She died April 17 from symptoms related to the coronavirus.
Her daughter said that prior to her mother’s death, she was denied a coronavirus test four times by her employer, Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills.
NBC News reached out to Beaumont multiple times for comment, but did not hear back.