Cardiff hospital senior cardiac surgeon dies from coronavirus | News from the world


An experienced and admired cardiac surgeon died in an intensive care unit in Wales after being tested positive for Covid-19.

Jitendra Rathod, a 58-year-old father of two, died on Monday at Wales University Hospital in Cardiff.

Rathod was an associate specialist in cardiothoracic surgery at the hospital. He is believed to be the first health worker in Wales to die after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

A statement posted on the website of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Council paid tribute to Rathod, claiming that he had worked in the cardiothoracic surgery department since the mid-1990s.

After a brief stay abroad, Rathod – known as Jitu to his colleagues and friends – returned to the University Hospital of Wales.

“He was an incredibly dedicated surgeon who cared deeply for his patients,” said the board of health. “He was very appreciated and respected by everyone. He was a very compassionate and wonderful human being.

“His commitment to the specialty has been exemplary. He is survived by his wife and two sons. He will be greatly missed. “

No details have been released on how Rathod contracted the virus.

Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford paid tribute to Rathod.

He told the BBC Breakfast: “We have other clinicians who have been on the front lines who have suffered from coronavirus and that just tells us, doesn’t it, this virus is no different from people or people place, that’s why it’s so important we all do absolutely everything we can to protect each other from its impact. “

Former Tory Welsh chief Andrew RT Davies said the news was “incredibly sad,” adding, “He was highly regarded in the medical profession in Wales. My thoughts with his wife and two sons. “

Public Health Wales said on Monday that 302 new cases had tested positive for the coronavirus in Wales.

Another 27 deaths have been reported in people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the number of deaths in Wales to 193.

There have been 66 new cases in the Cardiff and Vale area, bringing the total to 888.


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