Usap-usapan sa maraming bansa ang pagkamatay ng sikat na doktor sa New York na kabilang sa frontliners na nakikipaglaban sa coronavirus pandemic.
Ang naturang doktor ay si Dr. James T. Goodrich, isang neurosurgeon.
Siya ay nasa 70-anyos na at nahawa rin sa COVID-19.
Si Goodrich ay itinuturing na “superstar” sa kanyang mga kasamahan.
Ang tawag din sa kanya ay “master surgeon, world-class educator” at mahal ng marami niyang mga kasama.
Itinuturing din ito na eksperto at napakagaling ang “kamay” pagdating sa operasyon.
Noong 2004 sumikat ito sa buong mundo nang pangunahan ang operasyon sa twins na nanggaling sa Pilipinas na sina Carl at Clarence Aguirre na ang mga magulang ay taga-Silay, Negros Occidental.
Ang twins ay magkadugtong ang ulo o bahagi ng bumbunan.
Sinasabing magkadugtong ang brain tissue ng dalawa.
Mula noon marami nang kaso ng conjoined twins ang kanyang matagumpay na napaghiwalay.
Kaugnay nito, bumuhos ang pakikiramay at panghihinayang sa pagkawala ni Goodrich.
Ang CNN anchor na si Dr. Sanjay Gupta ay nagbigay pugay din sa kanyang kaibigan na nagligtas na sa maraming buhay.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
“There will be too many cruel and unfair stories like this one. CoVID-19 doesn’t discriminate based on what you do or who you are… in this case… robbing the life of someone who had saved so many… my friend and fellow neurosurgeon, Dr James Goodrich. Please Rest In Peace.”
Jason Blatt, MD
“A tragic loss of the highest order. I respected and admired Dr. Goodrich for his wonderful combination of humor, intellect, experience, and willingness to share all he knew with anyone who asked. I will miss his energetic talks. Our field and our world are diminished today.”
Mount Sinai Neurosurgery
“Today we mourn the loss of New York neurosurgeon, James Goodrich, MD, PhD. He was an outstanding pediatric and adult neurosurgeon at @MontefioreNYC, an expert in complex craniofacial anomalies, a leader, a mentor, and a dear friend to us in @neurosurgery.”
Dr. Dena Grayson
“Tragic news. Neurosurgeon Dr. James T. Goodrich, renowned for performing surgery to separate conjoined twins, died today from complications related to #COVID19.
Face with open mouth and cold sweat”
“Dr. James T. Goodrich was best known as the neurosurgeon who separated the conjoined McDonald twins. Dr. Goodrich was originally from Oregon and was a Marine Corps veteran, having served during the Vietnam war.”
“61 Doctors now dead in Italy. Over 8,000 health workers infected. Loudly crying face. Lived sacrificed. Dreams lost. I’m incredibly pained. Dr. James Goodrich, the legendary Paediatric Neurosurgeon from NY just died fighting to save #COVID19 patients.
Appreciate a health worker today!”