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Unfortunate circumstances continues in New York City

Top Er Dr. commits suicide amid Corona-virus onslaught

Last Updated: 04/27/2020

Good evening Pixelburgh readers, at this time it is my duty to inform you of the grave news from the front lines on the fight against the corona-virus. Once you think, things can’t possibly get any worse, They do.

The corona-virus has quite literally crippled New York City. It is SO BAD the, morgues cannot keep up with the death rate. Authorities are being forced to put bodies in refrigerated box trucks due to the fact that they have completely run out of space. To be completely fair, NYC ran out of space to store the deceased WEEKS ago.

Take a moment an realize what it must actually be like inside the hospitals, and especially the make-shift hospitals. We’ve all seen zombie/pandemic films before right? At this moment, there are thousands of healthcare workers around the world witnessing  people die around the clock. Some can only helplessly watch as people die due to the lack of hospital beds and breathing devices.

Today, one such Medical Doctor, Dr. Lorna M. Breen, unfortunately succumbed to the “Onslaught” brought on by the Novel Corona-virus and took her own life according to her father and police reports. May she rest in peace.

Dr. Lorna M. Breen

The head of the emergency department at a Manhattan hospital committed suicide after spending days on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, her family said Monday, 4/28/2020.

“She tried to do her job, and it killed her,’’ Dr. Philip Breen told the New York TImes of his physician daughter, Dr. Lorna Breen, who had been medical director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital amid the pandemic.

The battle-weary ER doctor, 49, was only the latest city healthcare worker to take her own life.

Two days earlier, a Bronx EMT witnessing the virus’s ruthless toll fatally shot himself with a gun belonging to his retired NYPD cop dad.

Tragic rookie paramedic John Mondello, 23, worked out of EMS Station 18 in The Bronx, which handles one of the biggest 911 call volumes in the city.

Lorna died Sunday in Charlottesville, Va., where she’d been staying with her family, the father told the Times.

Philip Breen said his daughter had gotten sick with the virus while on the job at one point, but then returned to work after about a week and a half of recuperating. Still, the hospital sent her home again, and her family brought her to Virginia.

She had no history of mental illness, he said. But when they last spoke, she told him how excruciating it was to have to continually watch contagion patients die, including some even before they could be taken from the ambulance.

“She was truly in the trenches on the front line,’’ Philip Breen told the Times.

“Make sure she’s praised as a hero,’’ he added. “She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.’’

Reached later by The Post, Philip Breen, his voice cracking, said he was too distraught to talk further.

In a statement, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia used that language to describe her. “Dr. Breen is a hero who brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging front lines of the emergency department,” the statement said. “Our focus today is to provide support to her family, friends and colleagues as they cope with this news during what is already an extraordinarily difficult time.”

Mental-health professionals told The Post that PTSD from the pandemic is becoming a very real crisis.

“The group that is most at risk are the front-line health care workers,’’ as well as the people who lost loved ones, said Stanford University Professor Debra Kaysen, head of the school’s International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

An ICU doctor who works in the city said Monday that the onslaught of virus patients can be almost too much to handle for anyone at times.

For a while, “it felt like we were standing under a waterfall and couldn’t get a breath for air, now it feels busy but not in a way that’s suffocating.”

She continued: “I was in a really low place. But I feel hopeful that I’m starting to come out of it, finally.”

Still, “It’s just very depressing because people in the ICU aren’t really coming out of it, and I don’t think my patients are going to live,’’ the doctor added.

She admitted that she has mixed feelings about the people who clap outside her hospital and others to honor healthcare workers during the pandemic.

“The clappers make me cry whenever I hear them, but also it’s weird — because none of us feel like heroes because we feel so defeated by this disease.”

Why is this important for Pittsburgh? Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement:
“Following the leadership of Gov. Wolf, and in accordance with strong safety measures, the time is right to slowly restart construction activity in the city.”

As we draw closer and closer to reopening the economy its important to keep New York in mind as a reminder of what COULD happen to US if we aren’t EXTREMELY careful.

The troubling issue about the reopening of the economy is the fact that a large percentage of the population is already putting everyone at risk!

Check out our last post about how the recent protesters in Pittsburgh, demonstrated their views while nearly breaking every corona-virus infection control rule.

Pittsburgh Protestors Risking Public Health

They simply don’t believe the science, or the evidence. Even though people a dropping like flies around the world. But why? I honestly couldn’t tell you without offending someone.

Let the recent protests be testament of things to come when it comes to containment practices (Lack there of). The economy might not be open  for long before everything needs to be shut down again. But i guess society likes to learn the hard way. How many chances will we get?



[If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources. Here’s what you can do when a loved one is severely depressed.]


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