For all their hero status, health workers are facing unimaginable pressure during the pandemic. Dr. Lorna M. Breen, an emergency room doctor at a New York City hospital, was known for being unflappable — until she faced the coronavirus.
Lorna was my friend. She knew the best place to snack after a shift. She called her patients from the ER days later to followup on them. She was the consummate clinician. She is not just a data point but the face of the frontline. We miss you dearly.
‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide - THANK YOU for this careful and clear-eyed piece on my friend’s death by suicide. COVID hit us like a tsunami. ⁦⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
When Dr. Breen finally called family for help, she sounded so unlike herself that her sister wondered if Covid-19 had altered her brain. Dr. Breen was checked into a psychiatric ward. A week after she got out, on April 26, she took her life.
We failed Dr. Breen, in every way possible, and thus we’ve failed every future patient she would’ve helped. This story flattened me.
“Lorna kept saying, ‘I think everybody knows I’m struggling’....She was so embarrassed.” This story will haunt me for a long, long time. Told with , , and edited by .
Dr. Breen’s family and friends believe she was haunted by the number of people she could not save. She was devastated that she had suffered a breakdown when the city was desperate for heroes. And she was certain her career would not survive it.
One of Dr. Breen’s friends said their last conversation has become especially crushing: At one point, Dr. Breen had gotten stuck on a thought and kept repeating herself.
Is nothing to be learned from this remarkable woman and her personal tragedy? “she was destroyed by the sheer number of people she could not save.” ‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide - The New York Times
In reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in South Texas this week, I have seen example after example of why this tragic story is so essential to understanding the full toll of the virus, including on healthcare workers.
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Lorna was strong. She was brilliant. She was just an incredible doctor. Her memory continues to be a blessing. I pray this doesn’t happen again, but I fear it’s only a matter of time.
If COVID feels remote despite the fact of 3.236M confirmed US cases and 134,572 confirmed US deaths, please read this. If you know someone who feels that way, pass it on to them.
“Dr. Breen was a heroic, remarkably skilled, compassionate and dedicated clinical leader who cared deeply for her patients and colleagues,” RIP Lorna
Heartbreaking... 'That Dr. Breen was destroyed by the sheer number of people she could not save. That she was devastated by the notion that her professional history was permanently marred and mortified to have cried for help in the first place.'
Those of you on #medtwitter who are in #COVID hotspots now. Please remember to look after one another. #StillInThisTogether ‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide
“Lorna kept saying ‘I think everybody knows I’m struggling.’ She was so embarrassed.” Lorna & I were in the same med school class. I've had trouble talking about this but I'm sad & angry & sick & tired of this culture that makes struggling shameful. Enough.
This story, about a NYC ER doctor who died by suicide during the height of the city’s outbreak, is just devastating
‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide
Heartbreaking story of the unseen toll this is taking on our medical workers.
“Despite their often hero status, health care workers experience pressure that can be paralyzing.” The impact of the last four months on frontline health care workers is laid out in a painful piece about an ER doctor who took her own life.
My partner did her residency at Columbia, working often at Allen Pavilion. Grim, horrific account of NYC during the height of the pandemic. People dying in chairs waiting to be seen in the ER
So sad. Took her life. “Dr. Breen planned thrilling trips, joined a ski club, played cello in an orchestra, took her salsa classes and attended Redeemer Presbyterian, a church that attracted high-achieving professionals.”
‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The #COVID19 Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide
‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The #Coronavirus and an E.R. Doctor’s #Suicide. Dr. Lorna Breen was unflappable — until she faced a new enemy, by via #Covid19 #MentalHealth
“I couldn’t help anyone. I couldn’t do anything. I just wanted to help people, and I couldn’t do anything.” Heartbreak.
‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide
"A hopelessness sickened the air." The tragic story of a front-line doctor who survived the COVID virus itself, but not the pandemic. The shadow COVID will cast on our lives will be a long one.
"Despite their often hero status, health care workers experience pressure that can be paralyzing. Emergency doctors are particularly vulnerable to post-traumatic stress—while working in a profession that encourages toughing it out." Must-read:
When insisting about not wearing mask or not following recommendations by public health experts - please think about the price the healthcare workers are paying; painful article ⁦⁩ #COVID19
ER doc working in a Covid-19 hotspot commits suicide. We have let healthcare workers down. We will need them a lot in the months ahead. I hope we can do better.
A grim, but important read: ‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide
RIP Lorna. There are so many lessons to learn from this heartbreaking story about a wonderful and dedicated physician who lost her life to the Corona pandemic. But it wasnt the virus that killed her...
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‘I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide
What a tragedy: over-achieving ER doctor overwhelmed by #COVID19 cases; commits suicide. She may have had COVID-19 herself; believed to cause various neurological symptoms.
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I Couldn’t Do Anything’: The Virus and an E.R. Doctor’s Suicide
I’ve worked with a couple doctors and their work ethic always inspires me.