Her students asked her to give them her address but the teacher refrained.
The coronavirus pandemic has been the reason for so many deaths and heartbreaking stories across the world. A recent story from Argentina is such a kind. A professor, taking a virtual class for her students, collapsed right in front of them. The students who witnessed their teacher drop to the floor, could not do anything but watch the horrifying scene.
According to The Sun, Paola De Simone, a 46-year-old professor at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (Argentine University of Business) in Buenos Aries complained to her students about not feeling well on of the days. She told them she was finding it difficult to breathe at times. As the days passed, the breathing difficulty increased, and the students noticed her condition worsen.
On that day, worried about her wellbeing, the considerate students even asked her to give them her address. But the professor was reluctant. She uttered the word, "I can't," and collapsed in front of her students, who were with her on the Zoom session.
Her husband returned home only to find the lifeless body of his wife. Before the unfortunate death happened, the woman had tweeted about her diagnosis. “It is very complicated. I have been here [with the virus] for more than four weeks, and the symptoms do not go away. My husband is exhausted from working so much at the moment,' wrote the professor, talking about her spouse who works as a doctor fighting the pandemic.
The final moments of the professor remain fresh in the minds of her students. “My classmates and I in class were the last ones she spoke to. She began by saying that she had pneumonia, we saw it was worse than in previous classes. At one point she could not continue passing slides, nor speak and she became unbalanced," said 23-year-old, Ana Breccia, according to New York Post.
Others called the educator as one of the most “unforgettable teacher, one of those who give you a hand in everything, who makes you love what you study, who go out of their way for their students. We are going to miss you a lot.”
Her students offered to call an ambulance before she gasped "I can't" and collapsed.— LADbible (@ladbible) September 6, 2020
Michelle Denise Bolo recalled how the late teacher gave her attention in class. “Her classes were at 7 a.m., it was very difficult sometimes, we were sleepy, but it was crazy because everybody listened to her. By the end of the class, nobody wanted to leave, everybody wanted to keep talking about what she was explaining.”
She further stated, "It was like we kind of needed that sharing of memories, it was very heartbreaking when we found out,” and added, “She managed to show herself and talk about her life and her passions and her other jobs. She was very personal but also super professional. There are teachers that are sometimes unapproachable — she was nothing like that.”
Paola's friend and a former classmate said it was not a surprise to hear she was teaching even when she was not well. Silvina Sterin Pensel, an Argentinan journalist in New York said, "I totally portray Paola deciding, 'I can totally do this, my students need me.'" Silvina recalled that she met Paola in 1992. She reminisced the late woman as a “brainy, brilliant” individual, who had every quality that a teacher should have. “You could tell already she had a bright future ahead in teaching or in any endeavor she set her mind to. She was already displaying this critical thinking you find more in a professor than in a student," shared Silvina, according to Washington Post. She said Paola's death served as a reminder of how real the virus is.
The Universidad Argentina de la Empresa paid tributes to Paola on Twitter and said they were in deep pain. “Paola was a passionate and dedicated teacher, and a great person, with more [than] fifteen years of experience," said the statement.