Leading surgeon at Cardiff hospital dies after contracting coronavirus


One of Wales’ top surgeons has died after contracting Covid-19, health officials have confirmed.

Jitendra Rathod, a cardiac surgeon, was admitted to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, before being placed in intensive care.

However, despite all the efforts of his colleagues, Mr. Rathod died Monday morning.

The tragic news was confirmed Monday evening by the health authorities.

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.

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

A cardiothoracic surgeon is a specialist who operates on the heart, lungs and other thoracic organs (chest).

Mr. Rathod – known to his colleagues and friends as Jitu – had worked in the cardio-throat surgery department since the mid-1990s. He then spent a short period abroad before returning to UHW in 2006 .

The father of two was described as an “incredibly dedicated surgeon” who cared deeply for his patients and was highly regarded in the medical profession in Wales.

“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. “

The news comes the day Wales Public Health announced 27 more virus-related deaths, bringing the country’s total to 193.


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