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'Distraught' ER doctor took own life after witnessing front-line fatalities at hospital

'Distraught' ER doctor took own life after witnessing front-line fatalities at hospital 'Distraught' ER doctor took own life after witnessing front-line fatalities at hospital
Patty Aguilar | 30 April, 2020, 12:29

"She was truly in the trenches of the front line", he said, adding that his daughter did not have a history of mental illness. Breen was rushed to U.V.A. Hospital for treatment, but succumbed to self-inflicted injuries.

"Frontline healthcare professionals and first responders are not immune to the mental or physical effects of the current pandemic", Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney said.

The group that is most at risk are the front-line health care workers, " as well as the people who lost loved ones, said Stanford University Professor Debra Kaysen, who also heads the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

"She stayed home about a week and a half, but I think she felt guilty about not being at work", her father said.

"She was always the physician who was looking out for other people's health and wellbeing", Kass told the Times, adding that Lorna would often text them to check-in and make sure they had proper PPE to wear on the job.

While Breen was with him, she described tragic scenes of devastation wrought by the disease, recalling how some patients died before they could be carried out of ambulances, her father told the newspaper. Only a few days ago, an emergency medical technician from the Bronx took his life with a gun after being witness to the huge death toll created by a coronavirus in New York City.

Colleagues described Breen as a talented doctor who wanted to do everything possible for their patients. After the hospital sent her home again, her family intervened, bringing her to Charlottesville, Virginia, where her mother and sister live. However, he revealed, when he last spoke with her he noticed that she seemed detached and something seemed wrong, he told the Times.

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

The New York Hospital where Dr. Lorna Breen had been shocked after the doctor's suicide. Even getting infected by the very virus she had been trying to fight on a larger scale was no reason to stop for Breene as she chose to go back to work. "She loved her coworkers and did what she could for them". Our hearts go out to her family, many friends, & colleagues. Dr. Phillip Breen told the paper that she appeared troubled by what she had witnessed.

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