A 28-year-old Houston OB/GYN resident who worked on the front lines of the pandemic died early Saturday after spending months hospitalized with covid-19, her family confirmed via a GoFundMe page established on her behalf.
On July 8, Adeline Fagan, originally from Syracuse, N.Y., was mainly delivering babies at an HCA Houston Healthcare hospital, but she also worked in the emergency room treating coronavirus patients. After work, “she began to feel under the weather,” her family said.
“What started as intense flu-like symptoms escalated within the week to a hospital stay,” according to her family.
HCA Houston Healthcare did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Since July, Fagan battled the disease, as her doctors treated her with several respiratory therapies, various medicines and an experimental drug trial. She was intubated on Aug. 3 and put on a life-sustaining pump the next day, her family said. She had a history of asthma, upper respiratory infections and pneumonia.
Her sister Maureen told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that Fagan had a massive brain bleed on Friday, according to her doctors, made worse by blood thinners. Surgery was too risky, her sister said, crying, so Adeline died in her parents’ arms at 4 a.m. on Saturday.
Fagan was one of four daughters. She sang and was a leader of her medical school’s student a cappella group. To be an “Adeline” was to “be passionate about helping others less fortunate, have a smile on your face, a laugh in your heart, and a Disney tune on your lips,” her father, Brant Fagan, wrote in an online journal describing the harrowing time his daughter was ill.
“Everyone could be an Adeline,” Maureen Fagan told CNN on Tuesday, “and that’s the scary part of this. And if you can do something as simple as wearing the mask, social distancing, and just using hand sanitizer to do your part.”
“My heart breaks every time I look at something and I think of Adeline,” she continued. “I wake up in the morning, and I realize that she’s not here. And I am going to have to do that for years and years. And I pray that it will get easier but know it will always be with me. And if you can do something so someone you know isn’t in this situation, I think you have a right to do that.”