“Words cannot convey the sense of loss we feel today. Dr. Breen is a hero who brought the highest ideals of medicine to the challenging front lines of the emergency department,” they said. “Our focus today is to provide support to her family, friends, and colleagues as they cope with this news during what is already an extraordinarily difficult time.” – The New York City hospital where Breen worked said in a statement.
A colleague said that Dr. Breen was always looking out for others, making sure doctors had protective equipment and everything they needed. Even when she was home recovering from coronavirus, she texted her colleagues to check in and see how they were doing.
Outside of her work, Dr. Breen was incredibly close to her family and friends. She was described as a devout Christian who volunteered weekly at an assisted living home for the elderly. She filled her time with hobbies and sports. She was an avid member of a New York ski club and travelled regularly out west to ski and snowboard. Once a year, she threw a large party on the roof deck of her Manhattan home.
One colleague said he had spent many hours talking to Dr. Breen not only about medicine but about their lives and the hobbies she enjoyed. She was a salsa dancer. She was a lively presence, outgoing and extroverted, at work events, another colleague said.
“She was truly in the trenches of the front line. Make sure she’s praised as a hero, because she was. She’s a casualty just as much as anyone else who has died.” her father said.