A New York City physician who worked on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic even after he retired died of the virus.
Dr. James Anthony Mahoney, also known as “Charlie,” died of coronavirus at New York University Langone Hospital on April 27. He was 62.
Mahoney, a lung specialist and general practitioner, was due to retire in January after almost four decades as a medical professional, but postponed his retirement to help the coronavirus-stricken New Yorkers.
Dr. James Anthony Mahoney (pictured) died of COVID-19 after working on the front lines of the New York City pandemic
He had worked his day shifts at the University Hospital of Brooklyn, SUNY Downstate and nights at the King County Hospital Center.
Mahoney devoted his entire career to the University Hospital of Brooklyn, where he entered medical school in 1982.
Both medical centers mainly serve low-income black families.
Early studies showed that black Americans died from COVID-19 more often than other groups.
In New York City, 192,840 residents are infected and at least 23,195 died from the corona virus. The US registered 1,606,773 cases and 94,976 deaths.
Mahoney first started to feel sick around Easter Sunday, even though doctors began to see the number of critically ill patients decrease, CNN reports.
Mahoney (photo) started his medical education at the University Hospital of Brooklyn and continued to work there for the rest of his career
Although he was due to retire in January, Mahoney (pictured) chose to stay with staff and help patients during the coronavirus pandemic
He checked himself into the University Hospital of Brooklyn after a week of fever and mild symptoms.
Mahoney was later taken to the ICU, where he managed his own medical care. He was eventually sedated and intubated.
“He was a doctor until the end,” said Dr. Robert Foronjy, the head of the lung and intensive care unit at SUNY Downstate.
“He was the first on the front line to take the attack. He was our backbone. He saw this as his calling. ‘
A group of SUNY health professionals transferred Mahoney to a NYU Langone Hospital, where he would receive better oxygen treatment.
Shortly after his arrival, Mahoney succumbed to the corona virus. His own colleagues performed chest compressions.
“He was so kind and humble and kind and made you feel warm even when he was seriously ill,” said Vaitkus, an old student who visited Mahoney in the hospital.
Pictured (from left to right): Jamie Mahoney, James Mahoney, Ryan Mahoney and Stephanie Mahoney
Mahoney was also a clinical assistant professor at the University Hospital of Brooklyn University Hospital, SUNY Downstate.
“He was so modest, in fact, that he trained us all and then is an ICU patient and thanked us all for visiting.”
Foronjy said he is still shocked at Mahoney’s death.
“I couldn’t imagine losing it, and it’s still something everyone here is still hard to handle,” he said.
“I’ve literally seen a village of people perish in the past two months, and what’s more, you lose someone who was such a good person.”
Mahoney’s family tried to convince him to step back, given his age and the risks, but he remained steadfast in his efforts.
“He stayed there because they needed him,” said his older brother, Dr. Melvin Mahoney ABC news.
Melvin, who retired in 2014, said he and others begged Mahoney to step back because of the pandemic because of the health risks.
Mahoney (center) depicted with his colleges at Brooklyn University Hospital
According to his Melvin Mahoney, he and James (photo) loved to travel together, and the brothers have taken over 50 cruises
In addition to medicine, the brothers liked to talk about sports and traveled on cruise ships together. Melvin said they had taken more than 50 cruises together.
Michelle King, who worked with Mahoney for over 20 years, said he even worked from home while struggling with his own diagnosis.
“Even when he was sick, he still checked on his patients and called them to make sure everything was fine,” said King.
“This is such a big loss. He had a heart of gold … everyone was VIP to him. ‘
James Mahoney was born in Garden City, New York, and was raised by a military father who served for more than two decades.
His work ethic started working at a local German deli and laundry at just eight years of age while growing up on Long Island.
In high school, he excelled in both sports and academics.
He survived three children: Jamie, a 31-year-old actor and musician; Stephanie, 28, a student at Howard University School of Law; and his youngest son, Ryan, 24, whose student is at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Ryan Mahoney (right): “My dad was like my hero to me. He was a baseball player, I wanted to be a baseball player … He was a doctor, I ended up in medical school ‘
Pictured: Mahoney covered with protective gear while caring for coronavirus patients during the pandemic
“My father was my hero to me. He was a baseball player, I wanted to be a baseball player … He was a doctor, I ended up in medical school, “Ryan told ABC News.
Ryan remembers that his father was very present during his youth, despite his hectic work schedule.
“No matter how hard he worked, no matter how long he was in the hospital, he was always there for me to grow up on,” he said.
“One day he would be in Downstate, the next night in Kings County and coach my teams during the day and pick me up. He was always there. ‘
Despite his family intervening, Stephanie knew her father wouldn’t run away if people needed help.
“He wouldn’t step back and try to help people, and as many people as possible,” she said.
“You thought he had more hours a day than anyone.”
Hospital staff created a GoFundMe to raise money for a scholarship fund honoring Mahoney
Mahoney’s 89-year-old father, Oscar, is proud of his son for working with ‘integrity’ as one of the heroes who served during the pandemic.
“He wanted you to know you could count on him … and he went all the way,” said Oscar.
Oscar remembers his son, who often spoke with baseball expressions and compared his situation to a game.
“You don’t have to have a home run to win the game … we used what we had,” said Mahoney, according to his father.
“I can’t get over that,” said Oscar.
Melvin Mahoney, who has seen the shortages of medical supplies firsthand, said he noticed a notable disparity between poorer medical centers and wealthier ones.
“You have to equip those people who are fighting the war. How can you send a soldier to fight without equipment? Melvin said.
A GoFundMe was created by Foronjy and the hospital staff to launch a scholarship in honor of Mahoney.
Friday, $ 50,340 of the $ 100,000 was donated.