Junior doctor who worked on Covid frontline found dead after nighttime swim with friends – .

Junior doctor who worked on Covid frontline found dead after nighttime swim with friends – .

A young doctor who worked on the Covid frontline has died after going swimming late at night with friends.
Thirushika Sathialingam, known as Thiru to her friends, was found dead on the Margate seafront in the early hours of Saturday September 11.

She reportedly went swimming with colleagues, who sounded the alarm after noticing that she was missing when they returned to their accommodation.

A major search was launched at 3 a.m. involving lifeboat crews, police, firefighters and a Coast Guard rescue helicopter, and his body was discovered by RNLI volunteers hours later.

Thiru, 26, worked at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) alongside his brother, Kaushaliyan, who is also a young doctor.

Kaushaliyan said, “I don’t think a lot of siblings were as close as we are. We did almost everything together.

Thirushika Sathialingam was found on Margate seafront


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“She was a fantastic doctor.

“I don’t think she realized how good she was, but it came naturally to her. She was able to think outside the box to get things done for her patients, and she loved that medicine was such a complex subject.

“She was interested in anesthetics because she liked the scientific approach to it.

“She wanted to be able to do procedures that would make a real difference to people. “

Thiru aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a consultant anesthesiologist at the hospital.

Her father Sathialingam, who retired from the hospital in July, said she was “passionate” about her job and “always had time to listen to people”.

He said: “During the second wave of Covid, she was in a respiratory ward with people infected with the virus and she would sit and talk to them, holding their hands to comfort them. “

She was also a talented dancer, performing classic Indian routines at charity events and teaching others.

She loved to travel and meticulously planned trips around the world and to the UK.

Her boyfriend, Peter Speilbichler, whom she had met while studying medicine at Riga Stradins University in Latvia, said: the bedroom and made everyone welcome.

“If there was someone who was not in a group, she made sure to talk to him and that he was included and felt comfortable.

“She could get along with everyone and she was always kind and smiling. I never heard anything mean coming out of her mouth, even though she was angry.

“The time we spent together was amazing and I loved everything about her. “

East Kent Hospitals Chief Executive Officer Susan Acott called her death a “huge loss” to the Trust, adding that she was a “true shining star” known for her “caring nature” and passion for her patients. .

She continued, “It is clear that she would have had a bright future ahead of her and I have no doubt that she had the potential to achieve whatever was important to her. “

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