“Incredibly dedicated” NHS cardiac surgeon dies after contracting coronavirus

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A leading ‘incredibly dedicated’ surgeon in Wales died after contracting a coronavirus.

Dad of two, Jitendra Rathod, was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, after falling ill before being transferred to intensive care.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of his colleagues, Mr. Rathod, a cardiothoracic surgeon, died Monday morning.

The tragic news regarding the 58-year-old man was confirmed Monday evening by health officials, reports Wales Online.

A statement from the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “It is with deep sadness that we must report that Mr. Jitendra Rathod, associate specialist in cardiothoracic surgery, has died.



Mr Rathod died at the University Hospital of Wales
Mr Rathod died at the University Hospital of Wales

“He died early this morning in our general intensive care unit after a positive test for Covid-19. “

Rathod, a specialist who has operated on the heart, lungs and other thoracic (thoracic) organs, has been working in the cardiothroacic surgery department since the mid-1990s.

Known by his colleagues and friends as Jitu, he then spent a short time abroad before returning to the UHW in 2006.

He has been described as an “incredibly dedicated surgeon” who cared deeply for his patients and was highly regarded in the medical profession in Wales.



Wales University Hospital is in Cardiff
The University Hospital of Wales is in Cardiff

“He was appreciated and highly respected by all,” added the statement from the health council.

“He was very compassionate and a wonderful human being. His commitment to the specialty was exemplary. He is survived by his wife and two sons. “

Wales Public Health has announced 27 more deaths from the virus, bringing the country’s total to 193.

A total of 5,373 people in the UK died from coronavirus.

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