Dr Bruno Cheong, a specialist in Internal Medicine who was Consultant-in-Charge at Flacq Hospital, succumbed to Covid-19 disease on Monday night, April 27, at the ENT Hospital Vacoas where he had been admitted as he developed the more severe form of the disease. He had caught it from Patient zero whom he had seen, unbeknown to him that he was facing the invisible enemy that would later cost him his life.
It was a life fruitfully lived as a highly appreciated physician respected by both colleagues and allied medical staff. He was affable, soft-spoken, and ever sporting a smile. He had a solid reputation as a competent professional, which along with his gentle manners earned him the respect and affection of his grateful patients.
The medical profession loses one of its stalwarts, and the country a hero who fell on the field of the worse health battle to date in the 21st century. Gone too soon, for he still had a lot more to contribute, he will long be remembered as a brave soldier who sacrificed his life in the service of his patients.
We extend our sincere condolences to his family. May God bless them and give them courage to face this great loss, in the knowledge that the whole country shares their grief.
* Published in print edition on 1 May 2020