Indian-origin Cardiac surgeon dies of COVID-19 in the UK

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The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

London, April 7: An “incredibly devoted” Indian-born surgeon Mr. Jitendra Rathod has died in the UK after testing positive for COVID-19, a media report said on Tuesday.

Jitendra Rathod, Associate Specialist in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, the Metro newspaper reported.

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He died in the hospital’s general intensive care unit early Monday morning, health officials confirmed.

Rathore paid tribute to a statement posted on the Cardiff and Whale University Health Board website.

“He was a very dedicated surgeon. He took good care of his patients,” he said, adding that he was well-liked and respected by everyone.

Jitendra Rathod

“He is a very kind and wonderful human being. His commitment to uniqueness is ideal.”

The father-of-two has worked in the Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery since the mid-1990s.

After a brief stint abroad, Rathod, known to colleagues and friends as ” Jithu ”, returned to the University of Hospital of Wales.

The UK reported 52,279 coronavirus cases with 5,385 deaths.

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