September 19, 2020
A promising young doctor from Central New York who had been battling the coronavirus for more than two months has died, according to an online note posted by her father and shared widely.
Adeline Fagan, 28, died Saturday in Houston.
Fagan, who was working in OB/GYN in a Houston hospital, grew up in the town of LaFayette, which also confirmed her death.
She graduated from Bishop Ludden High School outside of Syracuse, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and medical school at State University of New York at Buffalo.
“We want to sincerely thank all who supported Adeline and us through this difficult time,” her father Brant Fagan wrote in a Caring Bridge journal entry. “You were all there cheering and praying and crying. The numbers of well wishes and caring people humbles us. Even in this darkest of times, there are good people willing to share a piece of themselves for the sake of another.”
Fagan initially became sick around July 8. That night, her sister, Maureen, took her to the emergency room at a local hospital. She tested positive for Covid-19 and quarantined for about a week. But her conditioned worsened. She began falling over in her bedroom and her lips turned blue, a sign her blood lacked oxygen.
On Aug. 4, doctors put Fagan on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, used in the worst Covid-19 cases.
Fagan had just started the second year of her residency when she became sick.
The family had set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay Adeline’s medical bills, travel expenses and living expenses for her parents, who were staying in Texas.
Fagan was one of four sisters.
“If you can do one thing, be an ‘Adeline’ in the world,” Brant Fagan wrote Saturday. “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.”
Adeline’s family has organized a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses, travel expenses and to support the family while we navigate this difficult time.
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