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The fourteenth coronavirus victim was family doctor Lawrence Fenech, sources have told this newsroom on Saturday. Various individuals took to social media to thank Fenech for his work and service.
‘An inspiration and a role model’
The victim’s son, David Fenech, in a tribute to his father wrote: “You were, are and will always be my inspiration and role model.”
In a public post on Facebook, Fenech said that his father always worked tirelessly to ensure that they were prepared to face life in the best possible way.
“As a doctor, you healed, helped, comforted tens of thousands of patients. My heart is shattered… I also know that thanks to you, it will get better Once more thank you. While Life will never be the same without you, it will always be beautiful because of all you have done. Rest In Peace Papa. I love you.”
‘Humble and dedicated’
MHRA CEO Andrew Agius Muscat noted how Dr Fenech is a household name for many people who live in the southern part of Malta.
“For many years he served as a family doctor, and would start his visits to the patients as from the very early morning till late at night, everyday, throughout the whole year. Dr Fenech was a highly intelligent person, open minded, very humble and very dedicated to his profession which he loved so much. Above all he was a family man and a gentleman.”
Agius Muscat recalled that Dr Fenech had the Hippocratic oath hanging on one of the walls of his office in Żabbar.
“Dr Fenech was one of us – we shared with him our good times but probably more our bad times. Indeed in stormy days he was my rock and not even google managed to beat his advice. One day he gave me more than a medical advice which I will treasure for ever and wish to share with you all here as a tribute to his memory – that in life one day or another we all fall down to our knees; the most important thing is to stand up again and keep going with our journey, stronger than ever before and prepared that the dark clouds will come back sooner or later. This was the best medicine he ever prescribed to me and changed my view to life,” he wrote in his tribute to Dr Fenech.
Verdala Pharmacy also thanked Dr Fenech for his work in a brief message on Facebook.
On Saturday, the health authorities announced a coronavirus-related death. The victim, an 85-year-old man, was hospitalized on Tuesday after his condition worsened. The man was being treated at the Infectious Diseases Unit at Mater Dei Hospital where he passed away.
Fenech is the fourth victim in one week. On Tuesday, an 89-year-old man became Malta’s thirteenth coronavirus victim, while an 86-year-old woman and an 85-year-old man died on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
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