A promising young doctor from Central New York who had been battling the coronavirus for more than two months month has died, according to the Town of LaFayette and a note posted by her father and shared widely.
Adeline Fagan, 28, died Saturday in Houston.
Fagan, who was working in OB/GYN in a Houston hospital, grew up in LaFayette. She had gone to and graduated from Bishop Ludden, St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and medical school at University at Buffalo.
“We want to sincerely thank all who supported Adeline and us through this difficult time,” her father Brant Fagan wrote in a Caring Bridge journal entry. “You were all there cheering and praying and crying. The numbers of well wishes and caring people humbles us. Even in this darkest of times, there are good people willing to share a piece of themselves for the sake of another.”
Fagan initially became sick around July 8. That night, her sister, Maureen, took Adeline to the emergency room at a local hospital. She tested positive for Covid-19 and quarantined for about a week. But her conditioned worsened. She began falling over in her bedroom and her lips turned blue, a sign her blood lacked oxygen.
On Aug. 4, doctors put Fagan on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, used in only the worst Covid-19 cases.
Fagan had just started the second year of her residency when she became sick.
The family had set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to pay Adeline’s medical bills, travel expenses and living expenses for her parents, who were staying in Texas.
Fagan was one of four sisters.
“If you can do one thing, be an ‘Adeline’ in the world,” Brant Fagan wrote Saturday. “Be passionate about helping others less fortunate, have a smile on your face, a laugh in your heart, and a Disney tune on your lips.”