A hero doctor who delayed his retirement so that he could continue treating COVID-19 patients and assisting frontliners died from coronavirus.
62-year-old Dr. James Anthony Mahoney was reportedly an N.Y.C. critical care physician and pulmonologist who died from the killer bug at New York University Langone Hospital.
While the doctor, also known as Charlie, was set to retire in January, he extended his work plans to assist frontliners of the battle against the pandemic in his city.
In April, after shifting between different hospitals, Mahoney was admitted to the hospital after experiencing fever and other symptoms of COVID-19.
As his condition worsened, the hardworking doctor was intubated and eventually succumbed to his disease.
“He was a doctor right up until the end … He was the first one on the front lines taking the onslaught. He was our backbone. He saw this as his calling,” Dr. Robert Foronjy of SUNY Downstate expressed in an interview with CNN after Mahoney’s death.
“… Sometimes he did it by giving someone a pat on the back and sometimes when they needed a dressing down, but they were always getting the truth from him and they always knew that he cared.”
Paying a tribute to the doctor was also his daughter, Stephanie Mahoney, who called her father a “vibrant” and “funny” man.
“He wasn’t going to step back and he was going to try to help people, and as many people as he could,” Stephanie told CNN.
As she added, her father always loved telling stories “and he would be so vibrant and so funny and he would be really truly like a character.”
May he rest in peace.
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