Gay doctor dies in husband’s arms after bout with coronavirus

This story caught my eye this week and I had to pass it along. An LGBTQ+ intensive care unit physician at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland died Saturday after a months-long battle with the novel coronavirus. Dr. Joseph Costa was openly gay and married to his partner in life David Hart.

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David Hart’s plea is simple following the death of his husband of 28 years: “Wear a mask!”

Hart is mourning the loss of Dr. Joseph Costa, who for months had been battling covid-19 on the front lines as chief of the critical care division at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center. He died on Saturday after contracting the virus himself, reports the Baltimore Sun.

“Those who cared for Joe were his best friends,” Hart told the paper.

In a statement, Mercy Medical Center praised Costa’s commitment to his patients:

“Joe was more than a trusted colleague; he was also a true friend to many. He dedicated his life and career to caring for the sickest patients. And when the global pandemic came down upon us, Joe selflessly continued his work on the front lines — deeply committed to serving our patients and our City during this time of great need.”, July 28th, 2020

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