New York ER doctor, 49, takes her own life over trauma of battling coronavirus, distraught family says – The Sun

A HERO ER boss has tragically taken her own life after struggling with seeing patients "die every day" from coronavirus, her father said.

Lorna Breen, 49, medical director of the New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan died in Charlottesville, Virginia where she had been staying with her family after contracting the bug.

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Her dad, Dr Philip Breen told the New York Times: "She tried to do her job, and it killed her."

He continued: "Make sure she’s praised as a hero.

“She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died [during the pandemic].”

The top doc had been staying with her parents in Virginia after contracting Covid-19.

She had tried to return to work at the Manhattan hospital after just under a fortnight recuperating, but was sent away.

Her father described her as being "truly in the trenches on the frontline" and said she had found it unbearable watching patients die non-stop.

The doctor said he could tell something was "wrong" with his daughter, and that she seemed detached.

He added some of her patients had passed away before they could even leave the ambulance.

A colleague of Dr Breen's described how she had a "desire to do the best" for her patients.

Another said: "You don’t get to a position like [Breen's] at Allen without being very talented.”

In a statement, the hospital said: “Dr. Breen is a hero who brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging front lines of the emergency department.

“Our focus today is to provide support to her family, friends and colleagues as they cope with this news during what is already an extraordinarily difficult time.”


 

 

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