Young Houston doctor dies after fighting for his life in intensive care with COVID-19


A Houston doctor died early Saturday after fighting for his life in an intensive care unit since being infected with COVID-19 in July, according to a statement from his family. Adeline Fagan, a 28-year-old New York native who was completing her second year of residency as an ob-gynecologist in Houston, tested positive for the infection in early July before her condition worsened and she is hospitalized. By mid-August, she had been on a ventilator and ECMO for about two weeks and was scheduled to stay on a ventilator for about six more weeks.

Fagan’s father, Brant, confirmed his death in a statement released Saturday at the top of a fundraising page initially organized to help pay his medical and travel expenses as well as other bills. The statement had a timestamp of 4:24

“The time when the world stood still for a moment and will never be the same again,” Brant wrote. “Our beautiful daughter, sister, friend, doctor, Adeline Marie Fagan, MD has passed away.

Fagan has been doing well in recent weeks, the statement said. But about half an hour after receiving a good report on her condition at 10 p.m. Friday, her family received a call. They had to decide to perform a procedure that would relieve the pressure of massive brain bleeding. A nurse who entered Fagan’s room for a routine task noticed that she was unresponsive. Hospital staff rushed to take a scan to see the extent of the damage.

A neurosurgeon told the family there was a “1 in a million chance” that Fagan would survive the procedure. And if she did, she would have several severe cognitive and sensory limitations.

“We spent the remaining minutes hugging, comforting and talking to Adeline,” the statement read. “And then the world stopped.”

Brant thanked everyone who has supported Fagan and his family over the past two weeks.

“Even in these darkest times, there are good people ready to share a piece of themselves for the sake of another,” Brant wrote. “If there is one thing you can do, be an ‘Adeline’ in the world. Have a passion for helping others less fortunate, have a smile on your face, a laugh in your heart, and an air of Disney on your lips. ”

Fagan has become one of the latest victims of the coronavirus pandemic which has already killed around 200,000 people in the United States. In the Houston area, 3,317 people died on Saturday.

Fagan’s main job at a Houston hospital was to deliver babies, but she had also treated patients with COVID-19. On July 8, she started a 12 hour shift excitedly before her body and head started to ache. Her younger sisters, Maureen and Natalie, have previously said her story presents an uplifting tale.

“We would like people to understand the gravity of the situation,” Natalie told The Chronicle last month. “There are a lot of people who think they won’t get sick. But the point is, Adeline’s story is currently universal. We could be Adeline. Taking all the necessary precautions can therefore protect you and your neighbor. Wear a mask, social distancing, stay home if possible. You haven’t experienced what Adeline is going through. ”

Fagan wanted to be a doctor since she was a little girl with a toy stethoscope. She was a graduate of the University of Buffalo Medical School.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo on Saturday night called Fagan’s death “heartbreaking.”

“Prayers for her, her family, her friends and her colleagues. May God comfort them all and protect us all, ”Acevedo said in a tweet.

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