Tampa, Florida – Relatives and the community recalled the flight nurses and nurse practitioners in Tampa who died after fighting COVID-19 before Thanksgiving.
Steven Neher is 49 years old. When he was diagnosed with COVID-19, he was practicing as a nurse at the Valkenburg Road Prison in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Neher’s family is also a flying nurse and registered nurse at Tampa General Hospital, and he proudly risks his life every day to treat COVID-1
Steven Neher, polite family
His death surprised his family and friends. They said he was healthy and did not have any underlying diseases, but after a few weeks of fighting the virus, his condition deteriorated rapidly.
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Neher’s aunt Elizabeth Alesafar said: “He is funny, he just makes everyone laugh and makes everyone feel welcome whether he knows you or not.”
Neher has been a partner for 10 years. Christian Riddell said that Steven tested positive for COVID-19 on November 25. After a week and a half, his oxygen level dropped.
Riddle said: “He is just passionate about healthcare and needs help and saves their lives when people really need it.” “He has oxygen on his body, and I sleep on the floor next to it just to Make sure he will get better, and then in the morning, he tries to find which hospital has the best treatment effect.”
Neher was admitted to the hospital on December 5. A few days later, he was put on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. After more than three weeks, he failed in the battle against COVID-19.
Riddle said: “We have no conditions. No asthma. We are fine. We are exercising. We are still young. He has no reason to die.”
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Neher has devoted his life to caring for others. Before working as a nurse practitioner at Falkenburg Road Prison, he worked as a nurse at TGH and spent several years as a flying nurse, where he conducted training courses for other nurses.
Riddell said that when he was not working, Neher moved the lives of many of his friends and family.
Riddle said: “It’s incredible how many people love him, and he left too early.”
Riddle said he and Neh took all precautions, put on masks and kept their distance from society. They think he may have contracted the virus while working in prison.
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