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Top ER doc, on ’front lines’ of COVID-19 fight, commits suicide

Top ER doc, on ’front lines’ of COVID-19 fight, commits suicide

The head of the ER at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital committed suicide after spending days on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle. Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, was the latest city health care worker to take her own life. Two days earlier, a Bronx EMT fatally shot himself. Breen’s father said when they last spoke, she told him how excruciating it was to have to continually watch patients die.

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ConcealCarryProtect
ConcealCarryProtect 4 months

Under the massive pressures and long work hours, mandatory down time and mental health checks are an absolute must in these difficult times. Its much better to lose someome for a few days while they rest than all together because of the enormous emotional amd physical strain administered and experienced by this pandemic. Very sad.

Blaeingr
Blaeingr 4 months

Very sad... RIP. But she likely had underlying issues, people rarely go from happy to suicide completion in a short period of time, especially women.

Herbie Goes Bananas
Herbie Goes Bananas 4 months

Will this be counted as a COVID-19 death?

CommanderVaasDC
CommanderVaasDC 4 months

That is the life of a doctor though. Death and recoveries.

TheMadDane
TheMadDane 4 months

I'm sick of this "front lines" BS. From someone on the front lines.

Stacy
Stacy 4 months

Not to make light of a bad situation; but we're those suicides of the same type as usually saved for Clinton ex-staff members?

.Tet.
.Tet. 4 months

Ok but why did they kill themselves? If I were to commit suicide tomorrow, I doubt anyone would say it might be related to a few days earlier when I said my toe was in excruciating pain after I stubbed it. The main difference being that a doctor and EMT tend to see people dying more often than I stub my toe, so they should be more numb to the reaction than I would be over my toe. Be careful. It's likely to be true, but it's also likely to be a clickbait title.

themdg
themdg 4 months

Feeling awful for her family and friends. :(

atlas shrugged
atlas shrugged 4 months

Add to this all the people that will make this same decision as their financial situation crumbles around them and we can all see this situation has many negative repercussions.

AgentStepford
AgentStepford 4 months

What would you say the life of a POTUS would be? Perhaps care and funding for the American citizens on the front lines?

الأكبر فادي
الأكبر فادي 4 months

Downtime is just as important of a duty as saving lives... Without it mistakes are made, fatigue grows and tragedy happens... People are people not robots... we've got to consider this

Carol
Carol 4 months

Condolences to the Breen family and friends on the "loss" of your loved one. God forgive and take her into Your loving arms of healing, in Jesus' name, Amen.

Just An Opinion
Just An Opinion 4 months

I guess she reached the end of her rope. I hope she didn't die in vein. Too soon?

Leo Miggel
Leo Miggel 4 months

This hits me personally, I don't mean to offend anyone but most Americans mock mental health professionals. As a psychology major I've been looked down by people whenever I tell them how important psychologists are. No professionak in any area can maintain an optimal work performance permanently, we psychologists are in charge to keep the other professionals in condition to continue to do their job. Interdisciplinary work groups are essential in situations like this one, we have to value and support each and every rol to continue being as efficient as possible.

Howdy
Howdy 4 months

so she died of Covid19

Jason S Savitt
Jason S Savitt 4 months

May she find peace in the afterlife

SwitchMagz
SwitchMagz 4 months

When the cure is worse than the virus? Are we now entering that stage?

Fin
Fin 4 months

Typical butt head comments instead of daring to put oneself in their shoes... N having the humanity to offer condolences... One thing covid has underlined is the incredible ignoramus mean spirited politics at any cost above life n common sense... Seriously exposing the hypocrisy of so many who call themselves decent ppl...

TheLibCon
TheLibCon 4 months

While I have the greatest sympathy for her family, I have no sympathy for her. Doctors should expect to have to deal with death, it's part and parcel of the job, to expect otherwise is foolish. As someone who has been depressed since a young age and has regular suicidal thought, I have learnt to cope with it and over time I have come to the conclusion that taking your own life is one of the most selfish acts imaginable because in that moment you're not considering the effects on the people around you who care about you.

Shane Olson
Shane Olson 4 months

This is why I couldn’t become a healthcare worker. Shame but when times get rough suicide increases, especially those on the front lines

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