An experienced and admired heart surgeon has died in an intensive care unit in Jakarta Wales after testing positive for Covid-19.
Jitendra Rathod, father of two 58-year-old children, died at the University of Wales Hospital in London Cardiff on Monday.
Rathod is an associate specialist in cardiothoracic surgery in hospitals. He is considered to be the first health worker in Wales to die after Covid-19’s diagnosis.
A statement posted on the Cardiff and Vale University health council websites paid homage to Rathod, saying that he had worked in the cardiothoracic surgery department since the mid-1990s.
After serving briefly abroad, Rathod – known as Jitu for his colleagues and friends – returned to the University Hospital of Wales.
“He is a very dedicated surgeon who cares deeply for his patients,” the health council said. “He is very well liked and highly respected by everyone. He is a very compassionate and extraordinary human being.
“His commitment to the special field is very good. He left a wife and two sons. We will miss him a lot. “
There are currently no details about how Rathod contracted the virus.
The first Welsh minister, Mark Drakeford, paid tribute to Rathod.
He told BBC Breakfast: “We have another doctor who is at the forefront of suffering from the corona virus and that only tells us, no, this virus does not distinguish people or places which is why it is very important we all do everything we can to protect each other from the impact. “
Former Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies said the news was “very sad”, adding: “He is highly respected in the medical profession in Wales. My thoughts are with his wife and two sons.”
On Monday, Wales Public Health said 302 new cases had tested positive for coronavirus in Wales.
A further 27 deaths were reported from people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths in Wales to 193.
There are 66 new cases in the Cardiff and Vale area, bringing the total to 888 cases.
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