Malaysian doctor in Birmingham dies of Covid-19

Malaysian-born Dr Vishna Rasiah recently died due to Covid-19 . – Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

By John Isaac

A MALAYSIAN doctor specialising in neonatology at a hospital in Birmingham, England has died of Covid-19.

Reports in The Star said Dr Vishna Rasiah, who was a consultant neonatologist with the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital died aged 48, leaving behind his wife and a daughter.

According to the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS trust, Dr Vishna was highly-regarded across the Midlands as part of his role as Clinical Lead for the regional neonatal network.

Neonatology is a subspecialty of paediatrics that focuses on the medical care of newborn infants, especially the ill or those born prematurely.

The Trust’s chief executive Sarah-Jane Marsh said Dr Vishna was an amazing doctor, leader, colleague and friend passionate about the care of babies and their families.

“Losing him in such a cruel and unfair way will be too much to bear for many of us, in particular anyone involved in neonatal care, and of course his beautiful wife and daughter.

“As our tears flow, we must always remember the values that Vish stood for, and hold his vision, courage and compassion in our hearts. God bless you Vish, and may you rest in peace,” she said in a tribute posted on the website on Friday (April 24).

His wife Liza said that he was a loving husband and father to his daughter Katelyn, and a much-loved son and brother to their family in Malaysia and Trinidad.

“Vish loved his work; to him it was so much more than a job and his colleagues are part of our family too. He treated every patient and family he cared for as his own; I couldn’t have been prouder of him,” she said.