Dr. Adeline Fagan Bio, Wiki
Dr. Adeline Fagan is a 28-year-old Houston doctor who died on Saturday, September 19th, after contracting COVID-19 in early July and spending the past few weeks in an intensive care unit. Fagan’s family had set up a GoFundMe page in August to raise money for her hospital bills and her father confirmed her death in an update to the page.
He wrote, “Our beautiful daughter, sister, friend, physician, Adeline Marie Fagan, MD passed away.” He explained that on Friday night, they were informed by the hospital in Houston that Fagan had suffered a “massive brain bleed.” He said:
The nurse came into her room for a routine task and noticed Adeline was not responsive. They immediately rushed her for a CT scan which showed the extent of the damage. The neurosurgeon said it was a ‘1 in a million’ chance she would even survive the procedure, but that Adeline would have several severe cognitive and sensory limitations if she did survive.”
Dr. Adeline Fagan Career – OB-GYN physician
Fagan dreamed of being a doctor from a young age. She was born in Lafayette, New York, south of Syracuse, and attended Bishop Ludden High School, where she was elected class president and also played lacrosse on the varsity team.
She was in Houston starting the second year of her residency as an OB-GYN physician when she contracted COVID-19. Her sister Maureen wrote that Fagan was mostly helping to deliver babies but also worked a 12-hour shift in the ER treating COVID-19 patients. By the evening of July 8, her sister wrote, “she began to feel under the weather. What started as intense flu-like symptoms escalated within the week to a hospital stay.”
Her family said she was a great student, attending St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia then medical school in Buffalo. She also traveled during her years in medical school, going on three medical mission trips to Haiti. Maureen said, “She was a social butterfly that blossomed by helping others.”
Her sister also told Syracuse.com that Fagan loved being a doctor, especially delivering babies: “She always went to work with a smile on her face, even if she had a 12- or 16-hour day ahead of her.”
Maureen also lived and worked in Houston, as a medical scribe at a doctor’s office, and the two sisters shared an apartment, Syracuse.com reported. Once Fagan was hospitalized, her parents flew to Texas. The GoFundMe page indicates that “Since we are from Syracuse, NY, our parents have had to travel back and forth to be there for Adeline and continue to support our family. While our Dad’s job can be done virtually, our Mom’s cannot and therefore she cannot work.”
Dr. Adeline Fagan Covid-19
Fagan battled the COVID-19 virus for weeks, with doctors trying different respiratory therapies and various drugs. Since none of these appeared to be working, her sister shared, Fagan agreed to undergo an experimental drug trial. “Before we could see if this new drug was effective, her lungs could no longer support her,” Maureen wrote. Fagan was intubated on August 3 and put on a ventilator.
The following day, since she was not responding well to the ventilators, her family said, Fagan was also put on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a machine that pumps and oxygenates the blood to allow the heart and lungs to heal. In her father’s update after her death, he shared that bleeds can occur in COVID-19 patients who are on ECMO: “The doctor said they have seen this type of event in COVID patients that spend time on ECMO. The vascular system is also compromised by the virus, resulting in bleeds.”
Dr. Adeline Fagan Death & Cause
ied on Saturday, September 19th, after contracting COVID-19 in early July and spending the past few weeks in an intensive care unit. Jesse O’ Shea in a tribute wrote, Overnight, Dr. Adeline Fagan succumbed to COVID19. Another bright light gone too soon. At 28, her fellow obgyn residents knew her as radiating kindness. To her sisters and family, I grieve with you. To my fellow healthcare workers, please continue to be careful. She is us.”
Overnight, Dr. Adeline Fagan succumbed to COVID19. Another bright light gone too soon. At 28, her fellow obgyn residents knew her as radiating kindness.
To her sisters and family, I grieve with you.
To my fellow healthcare workers, please continue to be careful. She is us. 😥 pic.twitter.com/rLSX3jMxbP
— Jesse O’Shea MD, MSc (@JesseOSheaMD) September 19, 2020