An Indian-American father and daughter, each docs in New Jersey, have died as a result of COVID-19, with Governor Phil Murphy describing their demise as “particularly tough” and hailed them for dedicating their lives for others.
Satyender Dev Khanna, 78, was a surgeon who served each on workers and because the head of the surgical departments for a number of hospitals throughout New Jersey for many years.
Priya Khanna, 43, was a double board licensed in each inner drugs and nephrology. She was Chief of Residents at Union Hospital, now a part of RWJ Barnabas Health.
“Dr. Satyender Dev Khanna and Dr. Priya Khanna were father and daughter. They both dedicated their lives to helping others. This is a family dedicated to health and medicine. Our words cannot amply express our condolences,” New Jersey Governor Murphy tweeted on Thursday.
“Both dedicated their lives to helping others and we lost both of them to COVID-19,” Murphy stated throughout a press convention on Thursday, saying their demise is a “particularly tough one.”
Satyender Dev Khanna handed away on the Clara Maass Medical Center the place he had labored for greater than 35 years.
Governor Murphy described him as a “pioneering doctor” who was one of many first surgeons to carry out laparoscopic surgical procedure within the state. He is being remembered by colleagues as a “gentle and caring physician.”
“And for a doctor, I”m not one, but I would bet, I don”t think there could be a more fitting way to be remembered, or a nurse or a healthcare worker of any kind,” Mr Murphy stated, including that the physician had a ardour for bicycling, and he usually discovered peace from the hustle of the hospital in biking alongside the Jersey Shore.
Priya Khanna did all of her medical coaching in New Jersey after which did her fellowship in nephrology in South Jersey with the Cooper Health System. Like her father, she too labored at Clara Maass, the place she died.
She was additionally Medical Director at two dialysis facilities in Essex County and “took pride” in educating the subsequent technology of docs, Murphy stated, including that the ICU doctor who cared for Priya Khanna was skilled and taught by her as properly.
“Priya will be remembered as a caring and selfless person who put others first. And even while in the hospital, fighting her own battle, she continued to check up on her mom and dad and her family,” Mr Murphy stated.
“This is a family, by the way, dedicated to health and medicine,” he stated.
The governor spoke with Satyender Khanna’s spouse Komlish Khanna, who’s a pediatrician. The couple has two extra daughters – Sugandha Khanna, an emergency drugs doctor and Anisha Khanna, a pediatrician.
“Unbelievable. Our words cannot amply express our condolences nor, I am sure, can they express the pain that the Khanna family is feeling. But I hope that the fact that our entire state mourns with them is some small comfort. And we mourn everyone we have lost. We commit in their memory to saving as many lives as we can,” Mr Murphy stated.
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