“She tried to do her job and it killed her,” said Dr. Philip Breen to the New York Times about her daughter doctor, Lorna Breen, who had been medical director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in the middle of the pandemic.
The father said his 49-year-old daughter, who died on Sunday, had no history of mental illness. But he said that the last time they spoke, she told him how excruciating it was to have to continually watch contagious patients die, including some before they could even be removed from the ambulance.
“She was really in the front line trenches,” Philip Breen told The Times.
“Make sure she is praised as a hero,” he added. “She is a victim as much as anyone who died. “
Lorna Breen died in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lived with her family, said the father.
He said that she fell ill with the virus while at work at one point, but returned to work after about a week and a half of recovery. However, the hospital sent her home and her family took her to Virginia.
Two days before the doctor’s suicide, a city paramedic who also worked on the front line of the city’s battle against the virus committed suicide.
Rookie paramedic John Mondello, 23, used a gun registered to his father, a NYPD retired cop, to commit suicide along a river wall on Shore Boulevard in Astoria, Queens, Friday, said police sources at The Post at the time.
He graduated from the EMS Academy of Firefighters in early February and then headed straight for EMS 18 station in Claremont, Bronx – which handles one of the highest volumes of 911 calls in the city.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 1-800-273-8255.