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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Physician at Epicenter of COVID-19 Crisis Lost to Suicide

Dr. Lorna Breem
Marcia Frellick
Originally published 28 April 20

Grief-laden posts are coursing through social media following the suicide on Sunday of emergency department physician Lorna M. Breen, MD, who had been immersed in treating COVID-19 patients at the epicenter of the disease in New York City.

Breen, 49, was the medical director of the ED at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in Manhattan.

According to a New York Times report, her father, Dr Philip C. Breen, of Charlottesville, Virginia, said his daughter did not have a history of mental illness but had described wrenching scenes, including that patients "were dying before they could even be taken out of ambulances."

The report said Lorna Breen had also contracted the virus but had returned to work after recovering for about 10 days.

Her father told the Times that when he last spoke with her, she seemed "detached" and he knew something was wrong.

"The hospital sent her home again, before her family intervened to bring her to Charlottesville," the elder Breen told the newspaper.

The article indicated that Charlottesville police officers on Sunday responded to a call and Breen was taken to University of Virginia Hospital, where she died from self-inflicted injuries.

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