A top emergency room doctor in New York who was working on the frontline trying to save coronavirus victims at the height of the pandemic and also suffered the disease herself has died.

Dr Lorna Breen’s family revealed that she took her own life on Sunday, her father, Dr Philip Breen, told the New York Times, overwhelmed by the pressure of her work.

She worked at New York-Presbyterian Allen hospital, a location hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

New York City accounts for more than 17,500 out of the US’s 56,000 coronavirus deaths as of Tuesday.

“She was truly in the trenches of the frontline,” her father said. “She tried to do her job, and it killed her.”

As head of the hospital’s emergency room department, Breen “brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging frontlines”, the hospital said in a statement.

Her father told the New York Times that she had been talking about how crushing the experiences were for her and other doctors on the medical frontlines, especially noting how hard it was not to be able to save Covid-19 patients.

The physician’s family also confirmed that Breen had previously contracted the coronavirus herself. She later went back to work after recuperating for about a week and a half.

(more at theguardian.com)