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A year of risk, fear and loss for families in medicine

The New York Times, March 12, 2021

March 12, 2021

A year of risk, fear and loss for families in medicine

For Dr. Nadia Zuabi, [resident physician, UCI School of Medicine], the loss is so new that she still refers to her father, a fellow emergency department physician, in the present tense. Her father, Dr. Shawki Zuabi, spent his last days in her hospital, UCI Health in Orange County, Calif., before dying of Covid on Jan. 8. The younger Dr. Zuabi almost immediately returned to work, hoping to keep going through purpose and her colleagues’ camaraderie. … “I lost my best friend, my coach and the person I look up to,” she said.