Consultant and nurse are latest NHS workers to die from coronavirus

Consultant who cares for newborn babies and ‘dedicated and selfless’ nurse are latest NHS workers to die from coronavirus

  • Dr Vishna Rasiah was an ‘amazing’ Birmingham consultant for newborn babies 
  • Children’s nurse Katy Davies, 38, died at the University Hospital Southampton
  • At least 121 health and care workers are thought to have died from the virus 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A medic who looks after newborn babies and a children’s nurse are the latest NHS workers to die from coronavirus.

Tributes have poured in for dedicated health workers Dr Vishna Rasiah and Katy Davies, who have both died from coronavirus.

At least 121 health and social care workers are thought to have died from the virus, according to latest figures.

Dr Rasiah, who worked at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, was ‘highly regarded’ in the Midlands.   

Dr Vishna Rasiah, a ‘highly regarded’ consultant who cared for newborn babies, is one of the latest NHS workers to die from coronavirus 

The neonatologist, known to his friends as Vish, was the ‘clinical lead’ for regional neonatal work.

His wife, Liza, thanked Worcestershire Royal Hospital staff for their ‘kindness, compassion and care’ towards her husband.

She said: ‘We’re devastated at losing our beloved Vish. He was such a loving husband and father to our beautiful daughter Katelyn, and much loved son and brother to our family in Malaysia and Trinidad.

‘His whole family meant the world to him, and he absolutely doted on Katelyn.

‘Vish loved his work; to him it was so much more than a job and his colleagues are part of our family too.

‘He treated every patient and family he cared for as his own. I couldn’t have been prouder of him.

‘I would like to thank the staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the kindness, compassion and the care that they have provided to us over an incredibly difficult past few weeks.’ 

The married father, known by his friends as Vish, worked at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and was described by colleagues as an ‘amazing doctor’ 

Paying tribute to Dr Rasiah, Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive of the trust, said: ‘Vish was an amazing doctor, leader, colleague and friend, passionate about the care of babies and their families.

‘Losing him in such a cruel and unfair way will be too much to bear for many of us, in particular anyone involved in neonatal care, and of course his beautiful wife and daughter.

‘As our tears flow, we must always remember the values that Vish stood for, and hold his vision, courage and compassion in our hearts. God bless you Vish, and may you rest in peace.’ 

Dr Fiona Reynolds, medical director at the trust, said: ‘It’s heart-breaking that we have lost someone as talented, dedicated and respected as Vish.

‘His loss will not only be felt by his friends and colleagues at our hospital, but by many across the Midlands who worked alongside him for so long.

‘Vish touched the lives of many families during his time as a neonatal consultant in Birmingham, and will be sadly missed.’ 

Tributes have also poured in for ‘dedicated and selfless’ children’s nurse Katy Davies, who died after contracting coronavirus.

‘What an inspirational nurse’: Children’s nurse Katy Davies, 38, tested positive for coronavirus on admission to University Hospital Southampton and passed away on April 21 

Ms Davies has been described by her peers as a ‘nurse people would aspire to be like’.

The 38-year-old tested positive for coronavirus on admission to University Hospital Southampton [UHS], Hants, and later passed away there.

‘Brave and talented’ Ms Davis worked at the hospital as the child health risk and patient safety lead.  

Paediatrician Kate Pryde said: ‘Katy was so passionate about reducing harm and putting our patients first. I had my eye-shadow on for her this evening.. Rest easy Katy.’ 

Since her death on April 21, tributes from heartbroken nurses have flooded in, remembering Ms Davis for her love of make-up. 

Paediatric senior sister Sarah Chittock said: ‘Dearest Katy, what an inspirational nurse and young lady. Would go out of her way to help others.

‘Katy always wore a smile and the most wonderful sparkly eye shadow. Your memory will continue to sparkle in the children’s hospital.’  

Colleague Claire Shields added: ‘Katy was one of the bravest and talented nurses I had the pleasure of knowing. Such a loss, so, so sad.’

Gail Byrne, director of nursing at UHS, said last night’s clap for carers outside the hospital was for Ms Davis and the staff who cared for her. 

Paula Head, chief executive at UHS, said: ‘Katy has been described by her colleagues where she worked in child health as a nurse people would aspire to be like and that nursing was more than just a job to her.

‘On behalf of everyone here at UHS, including our patients and the communities we serve, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family.’

South East Royal College of Nursing said: ‘She’s been described as a dedicated and selfless nurse who had time for everyone sharing her skills and knowledge to ensure excellent patient care. Rest in peace Katy.’ 

Ms Davis had a underlying health condition and had been unwell for some time prior to her admission to hospital.

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