WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 49-year-old ER doctor in Manhattan committed suicide after working in the front lines against the coronavirus pandemic.
- Dr. Lorna Breen had no history of mental illness but talked to her father about how heartbreaking it was to continue losing patients to the virus.
- Mental health professionals say that PTSD due to the pandemic is becoming a real issue.
After spending days fighting at the front lines against the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Lorna Breen, the head of the emergency department at a hospital in Manhattan, committed suicide.
On Monday, her father, Dr. Philip Breen, said, “She tried to do her job, and it killed her.” Lorna, just 49, was the director of the New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital.
Philip Breen said his daughter had contracted the virus while working at the hospital. She spent around a week and a half recuperating before returning to work. However, the hospital sent her back home and her family decided to bring her to Virginia.
Though Lorna had no history of mental illness, she’d told her father how excruciating it was continually seeing patients die, others didn’t even make it out of the ambulance. He told the Times, “Make sure she’s praised as a hero. She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.”
She’d been with her family in Charlottesville, Virginia when she died on Sunday. Lorna was just the latest health worker to take her own life.
Just two days earlier, rookie paramedic John Mandello, 23, fatally shot himself using a gun that belonged to his dad who is a retired NYPD cop. Mandello worked in the Bronx out of EMS Station 18 that receives one of the highest volumes of 911 calls in the city.
PTSD resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is becoming a very real crisis, say mental health professionals.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number is 1-800-273-8255.
Source: New York Post