Friends and colleagues of the Manhattan emergency room doctor who died by suicide after serving on the front lines of the coronavirus battle, struggled Tuesday to make sense of her “unfathomable” passing.
Dr. Lorna Breen, 49, who had been the medical director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, was remembered as a “class act” and a “compassionate warrior” following reports she took her own life Sunday while staying with family in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Will miss you forever, Lorna,” friend Doc Rich Weiss wrote on Facebook. “You were a true friend and a compassionate warrior. Safe travels.”
Her death was announced by her father, Dr. Philip Breen, who told the New York Times she had been struggling with the emotional toll of her job.
Paris Lovett, who is an emergency physician, hailed her as a “great” doctor, sharing a photo of himself with a beaming Breen.
“Lorna Breen – a great emergency physician, great person and great friend. I will miss you so much,” he wrote on Facebook.
Responding to the touching tribute, doctor Liz Edelstein responded saying, “She was a class act top human gem. And that smile, that always made you so happy to see her.”
“Couldn’t agree more. It’s unfathomable,” Lovett wrote.
Nina Ng, who is an assistant director of nursing at Northwell Health, shared a photo with Breen laughing with a group around a table.
“Remembering Dr. Lorna Breen. R.I.P.,” she wrote on a Facebook.