While there has been no loss of life of local healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus, there have been a few with ties to T&T working in the United Kingdom and the United States, who contracted the virus while working tirelessly to help others. Unfortunately, they lost their own personal fight against the virus.
We remember and pay tribute to those died on the COVID frontline.
Dr Vishna Rasiah, consultant neonatologist,
Dr Vishna Rasiah, who worked as a “clinical lead” at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, died after contracting coronavirus, the trust announced on April 24.
Rasiah, known to his friends as Vish, was a consultant neonatologist and was highly regarded across the Midlands through his role as clinical lead for the regional neonatal network.
Sarah-Jane Marsh, the chief executive of Birmingham women’s and children’s NHS foundation trust, said: “Vish was an amazing doctor, leader, colleague and friend passionate about the care of babies and their families. Losing him in such a cruel and unfair way will be too much to bear for many of us, in particular anyone involved in neonatal care, and of course his beautiful wife and daughter.
“As our tears flow, we must always remember the values that Vish stood for and hold his vision, courage and compassion in our hearts. God bless you Vish, and may you rest in peace.”
Dr Fiona Reynolds, the trust’s medical director, said: “It’s heartbreaking that we have lost someone as talented, dedicated and respected as Vish. His loss will not only be felt by his friends and colleagues at our hospital, but by many across the Midlands who worked alongside him for so long.”
His wife, Liza, said: “We’re devastated at losing our beloved Vish. He was such a loving husband and father to our beautiful daughter Katelyn, and much-loved son and brother to our family in Malaysia and Trinidad. His whole family meant the world to him, and he absolutely doted on Katelyn. Vish loved his work; to him, it was so much more than a job and his colleagues are part of our family too. He treated every patient and family he cared for as his own; I couldn’t have been prouder of him.” Guardian UK
Mahadaye Jagroop, nurse, NHS, UK
Mahadaye Jagroop, 66, also known as Mary, died at Birmingham’s Heartlands Hospital where she worked on April 22, after contracting the coronavirus.
Lisa Stalley-Green, chief nurse at the NHS trust, said Jagroop had “touched the lives of many in her distinguished career as a nurse.”
Her friend and colleague Arlan Castillo said she had “served relentlessly” treating coronavirus patients.
“Truly, Mary is one of the many heroic healthcare workers who showed her determination as a nurse and served patients in need of care and treatment even during these dire moments,” he said.
Shocked friends and colleagues also described her as a “gentle soul” and a “great and caring nurse.”
Castillo added there was a simple ceremony to remember her at the hospital.
Jagroop worked as a nurse at the hospital for 30 years before falling ill.
She was originally from Boundary Road in San Juan and migrated to England at the age of 18. BBC
Rosemary Coutou-Figaro, 52, a registered nurse at Kings Brook Hospital in Brooklyn, died on April 9, just 15 days after she tested positive for the virus.
Coutou-Figaro is from south Trinidad and died in New York after testing positive for COVID-19. She was taken to the emergency room on March 19, with flu-like symptoms. She was sent home with advice that she should rest.
After her symptoms worsened and she was taken to Mt Sinai Hospital, Brooklyn on March 23.
She was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit, after developing pneumonia and a chest infection.
She died on April 9 at a hospital in Manhattan leaving behind two children ages 37 and 13.
NY Carib News