According to a confirmation from her father and the police, a top emergency room doctor at a Manhattan hospital who treated a lot of the facility’s coronavirus patients died Sunday because of suicide.
ER Doctor Dies By Suicide
Working as the medical director and of the top ER doctors at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, Dr. Lorna M. Breen treated a lot of coronavirus patients in her ward. However, a recent update from both her father and the police reveals that she died Sunday via suicide in Charlottesville, Va., where she was staying with her family.
As per Tyler Hawn, a spokesman for the Charlottesville Police Department, officers responded to a call seeking medical assistance last Sunday. “The victim was taken to U.V.A. Hospital for treatment, but later succumbed to self-inflicted injuries,” Hawn said.
“She tried to do her job, and it killed her,” Dr. Breen’s father, Dr. Philip C. Breen, who described devastating scenes of the toll the coronavirus took on patients, said.
According to the elder Dr. Breen, his daughter had unfortunately contracted the coronavirus as well. However, she insisted on going back to work after a week and a half of recuperating but had to be sent home again, this time to her Charlottesville home with her parents. He also said that Dr. Breen didn’t have a history of mental illness but he could tell that something was wrong when she last spoke to him since she seemed detached, although from the way she described her work, her father could tell that she was in the front lines of it all.
“Make sure she’s praised as a hero, because she was. She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died,” the elder Dr. Breen 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,” a statement from NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia said.
It wasn’t revealed how she committed suicide.