A top ER doctor who treated coronavirus patients in New York has taken her own life.
Dr Lorna Breen, who was medical director of the emergency department at a Manhattan hospital, died in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she was staying with family.
The 49-year-old doctor died of self-inflicted injuries on Sunday, police said. Her father, Dr Philip Breen, told the New York Times his daughter had had no history of mental illness.
'Make sure she's praised as a hero. She's a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.'
'She tried to do her job and it killed her,' Dr Philip Breen said.
Of the 56,000 coronavirus deaths in the US, New York alone accounts for over 22,000.
Dr. Lorna Breen had fallen ill with Covid-19 during the course of her work. Her father said she had returned to the job after a week-and-a-half of recuperating. He added that the hospital had sent her home again, before her family brought her to Charlottesville.
He said that when they last spoke, Dr. Lorna had told him how Covid-19 patients were dying in the ambulances even before reaching the hospital. 'She was truly in the trenches on the front line,' Dr Philip Breen said. 'Make sure she's praised as a hero. She's a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.'
On Monday, the New York Governor said random antibody tests indicated that a quarter of New York City had been infected with coronavirus