Frank Gabrin was an emergency room doctor from New Jersey who was aware that he could contract coronavirus when treating patients, but he still continued.
About a week after contracting the virus, Dr. Gabrin passed away in the arms of his husband.
Dr. Gabrin’s friend Debra Vaselech Lyons told CNN that his loss is a lesson on the importance of taking care of the people who are caring for the public.
She said that Gabrin believed that it’s not about the outcome, as you don’t get to save every patient, but it’s about what you do with the outcome. She added that we need to make something good come from this, because “he lost his life needlessly”. She believes that he was a professional, and he knew how to protect himself if he’d had the equipment.
Arnold Vargas, Dr. Gabrin’s husband, also spoke about the loss of his husband through tears.
Dr. Gabrin was a two-time cancer survivor, and he tried to make the best of things when coronavirus struck. However, as Vaselech Lyons said, “it went from manageable to unmanageable overnight”, and about a week after he contracted the virus, Dr. Gabrin passed away in Vargas’s arms. Paramedics tried to save him for an hour, but he was already gone, according to Vaselech Lyons.
He, like other medical professionals, prepared his whole life to be on the frontlines and helping people, but what he didn’t expect was to be on the frontlines without the equipment needed.
Vaselech Lyons said that it’s like asking a soldier to go to the frontline and giving them nothing.
Many doctors, nurses, and other medical staff across the country are facing shortages of PPE, and most of them are made to reuse the items that were previously considered single-use.