Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash
A 59-year-old Turkish doctor who battled to save lives throughout the coronavirus pandemic has died from a COVID-19 infection just three days before he was due to retire.
A ceremony was held for Doctor Mehmet Atilla Baran at the Alsancak State Hospital in the Turkish province of Izmir where he had worked for over 23 years.
Dr Baran, who had been a resident doctor at the hospital in Izmir since 1997, was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on 26th September.
Dr Baran was initially treated at the hospital where he worked, however, his condition worsened and he was transferred to the intensive care unit of Ege University Hospital on the sixth day.
He died on the morning of 8th October.
Well respected at Alsancak State Hospital, Doctor Baran’s colleagues paid tribute to him during a ceremony held outside the building.
Wreaths and bouquets were placed next to his photo at the hospital’s entrance.
The doctor was due to retire on 30th September, but the process could not be started due to his illness.
Dr Baran, who graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine, was the father of a 24-year-old daughter named Semin Bade.
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