Doctor Who Delayed Retirement to Treat Coronavirus Patients Dies After COVID-19 Battle

May 20, 2020

A New York doctor who delayed his retirement to work on the front lines of the pandemic has died of COVID-19.

Dr. James Mahoney, who worked as a physician at both University Hospital of Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital, died on April 27, reported People.

Mahoney was known as a fantastic doctor who was loved by his patients. Some say he would give his cellphone number to patients if they had questions.

Even after he tested positive, Mahoney still remained in touch with his patients.

The 62-year-old doctor was known to many young doctors as a heroic figure.

"As a young black man, I looked at this guy and said to myself, 'Twenty years from now I want to be like him,'" said Latif A. Salam, one of Mahoney's previous students who now works at University Hospital.

Dr. Robert F. Foronjy, Mahoney's boss, complimented his skills outside the hospital by describing him as a "a good coach on a baseball team and a football team."

Mahoney's sister, Saundra Chisolm, said that her brother treated everyone the same, from cleaners to nurses to other doctors.

"He didn't treat people like underlings," she said. "He would talk to housekeeping like he would talk to the chief of the hospital."

Mahoney's family thought he should retire once the coronavirus pandemic got worse. But any plans for his retirement were put on hold as he wanted to continue treating COVID-19 patients.

"He saw another human being in need, and he didn't hesitate to help," Foronjy said.

His family said he worked on the coronavirus front lines until the very end of his life.

Foronjy has since launched a GoFundMe campaign to start a scholarship fund in Mahoney's honor.

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