Dr. Sudheer S Chauhan, a specialist in internal medicine i South Richmond Hill, New York, diagnosed with Covid-19 and battling for his life for the past few weeks, died of complications from the disease on May 19, his family and the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) said in a statement.
Our father, dr. Sudheer Singh Chauhan, internal medicine physician and associate program director IM residency program at Jamaica Hospital, New York died on May 19 after struggling with Covid for two months. We will miss this unique, kind, gentle and caring spirit, ”wrote his daughter, Sneh Chauhan at the Covid-19 Physicians Memorial.
Dr. Chauhan received his medical education from GSUM Medical College, University of Kanpur, India in 1972.
Nearly 20 doctors and healthcare workers of Indian origin have died in the west on the front lines of the pandemic, mostly in the UK Last month, a father-daughter medical duo – Dr. Satyender Khanna and Dr. Priya Khanna – from a family of five doctors died in the New York area, also from Covid-19. Three other doctors Ajay Lodha, Anjana Samaddar, Dr. Sunil Mehra, is said to be fighting for their lives.
According to AAPI, doctors of Indian origin as a group are over-represented in all the hotspot areas as well as the care of under-served populations. Many people struggle with the Green Card Backlog and have temporary Visa plans, and because of their vulnerability, they are forced to work, and often have no choice.
“Not having enough PPEs while caring for Covid-19 patients, many have become positive in the process, some have died, some are in the ICU now and some are recovering at home. These are the real rescuers and unsung heroes that saves the lives of so many Americans. We are proud of the services of the Indian American doctors in this country, “the organization said.
AAPI said there were also some proud moments for the cohort amid all the distress. Last week, Dr. Uma Madhusudana, who graduated from Mysore Medical College, is currently working at a New York Hospital treating Covid-19 patients and saved several lives was honored with a parade of more than 200 cars with recovered patients, relatives and police passed through in front of her house to express their gratitude for her services.