The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has once again claimed the life of another doctor.
A pediatric transplant surgeon from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is the latest medical frontliner to lose the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019, as two other doctors have also succumbed to COVID-19.
Dr. Leandro Resurreccion III, a pediatric transplant surgeon, passed away on Tuesday morning due to acute respiratory failure brought about by COVID-19. He was 57 years old.
“The PCMC Family mourns the passing of a great surgeon, teacher, academician and friend to all… He will be missed. Our first fallen soldier in the battle vs COVID-19,” the hospital said in a statement.
Resurreccion was “well known locally and abroad as forward-looking in his vision for pediatric surgery, especially in liver transplants, which he was working (on) to the end,” according to the PCMC.
Dr. Resurreccion has served at PGH, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center and the Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Medical Center.
Philippine Medical Association president Jose Santiago said the medical community has already lost 17 doctors in recent weeks.
Santiago added that 13 of these doctors were COVID-19 cases while four were non-COVID.
Dr. Resurreccion now joins the roster of brave Filipino doctors who died in the country’s battle against COVID-19.
The Philippines has so far recorded a total of 1,546 cases of COVID-19, including 78 fatalities and 42 recoveries.