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Indian-origin father-daughter doctor duo die of Covid-19 in US


NEW YORK: An Indian-American father and daughter, each medical doctors in New Jersey, have died because of the Covid-19, with Governor Phil Murphy describing their demise as “in particular tough" and hailed them for dedicating their lives for others.

Satyender Dev Khanna, 78, used to be a surgeon who served each on personnel and because the head of the surgical departments for a couple of hospitals across New Jersey for decades.

Priya Khanna, 43, used to be a double board certified in each inside drugs and nephrology. She used to be Chief of Residents at Union Hospital, now part of RWJ Barnabas Health.

"Dr. Satyender Dev Khanna and Dr Priya Khanna had been father and daughter. They each devoted their lives to serving to others. This is a family devoted to well being and drugs. Our words cannot amply specific our condolences," New Jersey Governor Murphy tweeted on Thursday.

“Both devoted their lives to serving to others and we lost either one of them to Covid-19,” Murphy said all over a press convention on Thursday, saying their demise is a "in particular tough one.”

Satyender passed away at the Clara Maass Medical Center the place he had worked for greater than 35 years.

Murphy described him as a "pioneering doctor” who was one of the first surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgery in the state. He is being remembered by colleagues as a “gentle and caring physician."

“And for a health care provider, I am not one, however I might wager, I do not believe there is usually a more becoming solution to be remembered, or a nurse or a healthcare worker of any kind,” Murphy said, including that the doctor had a keenness for bicycling, and he continuously found peace from the hustle of the sanatorium in cycling along the Jersey Shore.

Priya did all of her scientific training in New Jersey and then did her fellowship in nephrology in South Jersey with the Cooper Health System. Like her father, she too worked at Clara Maass, the place she died.

She used to be additionally Medical Director at two dialysis facilities in Essex County and “took pride” in educating the following technology of medical doctors, Murphy said, including that the ICU physician who cared for Priya Khanna used to be trained and taught via her as smartly.


“Priya will likely be remembered as a worrying and selfless one who put others first. And even whilst within the sanatorium, combating her own struggle, she persisted to investigate cross-check her ma and pa and her family,” Murphy said.


“This is a family, via the way, devoted to well being and drugs,” he said.


The governor spoke with Satyender's wife Komlish Khanna, who is a pediatrician. The couple has two more daughters - Sugandha Khanna, an emergency drugs physician and Anisha Khanna, a pediatrician.


“Unbelievable. Our words cannot amply specific our condolences nor, I'm sure, can they specific the ache that the Khanna family is feeling. But I hope that the truth that our complete state mourns with them is some small comfort. And we mourn everyone we have lost. We dedicate in their reminiscence to saving as many lives as we can,” Murphy said.


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