The 48-year-old NYC doctor kills himself after telling his family about the trauma of the fight against the coronavirus
A top emergency doctor in the fight against the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City died during the weekend by suicide, her family members have revealed.
Dr. Lorna M. Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, died on Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In the days leading up to her death, the 48-year-old reportedly told family members a series of traumatic scenes she had witnessed at a Manhattan hospital, including an attack by patients who died before she could even be removed from ambulances.
Breen had recently contracted COVID-19, but returned to Allen after a week and a half of rest. But after the hospital sent her home, she moved to Charlottesville to recover under the instructions of her father, Dr. Philip C. Breen.
Dr. Lorna M. Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, died on Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Breen had recently contracted COVID-19, but returned to Allen after a week and a half of rest. But after the hospital sent her home, she moved to Charlottesville to recover according to her father’s instructions
The grieving 71-year-old father (center) said Breen (left) had no history of mental illness, but during their last conversation together he noticed that his daughter seemed distant and began to suspect something was wrong
But on Sunday, officers from the Charlottesville police responded to a call for medical attention after Breen attempted an assassination attempt on her life.
“The victim was taken to U.V.A. hospitalized for treatment, but later succumbed to self-inflicted injuries, ‘said department spokesman Tyler Hawn New York Times.
A few days earlier, Breen’s father told her what she looked worried about devastating scenes she had seen while working with coronavirus patients at Allen.
“She tried to do her job and it killed her,” said Phillip Breen Times. “She was really in the frontline trenches.”
The grieving 71-year-old father said Breen had no history of mental illness, but during their last conversation together he noticed that his daughter seemed distant and began to suspect something was wrong.
“Make sure she is praised as a hero, because she was,” he insisted. “She’s as much a victim as anyone who died.”
NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital has not yet returned a request for comment from DailyMail.com.
“Make sure she is praised as a hero, because she was,” insisted father Philip Breen (seen left). “She is as much a victim as anyone else who has died”
New York currently has 291,000 cases of coronavirus recorded and more than 17,000 deaths
According to the Times, Dr. Angela Mills, the chief of emergency medical services at several NewYork-Presbyterian campuses, including Allen, informed staff on Sunday evening about Breen’s tragic death.
“A death poses many questions we may not be able to answer,” read an email not mentioning the cause of Breen’s death.
Located in northern Manhattan, the 200-bed Allen Hospital has been regularly overwhelmed since the outbreak, sometimes housing as many as 170 COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Dara Kass, emergency medicine doctor, who worked with Breen at the facility, said that even when she was recovering from the virus at home, she still regularly contacted her colleagues to check on how they were and if she was the medical equipment they needed.
“She was always the doctor looking for other people’s health and well-being,” said Kass.