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Dr Marilyn Casha has been nominated for the European Citizen’s Prize, with her story deemed to be representative of the struggles faced by health professionals on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Casha is a consultant anaesthetist with a special interest in pain medicine, who forms part of the team at Mater Dei Hospital’s Pain Clinic.
Her husband Aaron, a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and academic, was Malta’s sixth Covid-19 victim, succumbing to the disease last week. He was 53 years old, making him Malta’s youngest Covid-19 victim to date.
The European Citizen’s Prize was instituted by the European Parliament in 2008, as an award for exceptional achievements. Previously, only MEPs could nominate people and organisations for the award, but this year, this opportunity has been afforded to every EU citizen.
This prompted Peter Agius, a former head of the EP’s office in Malta, to nominate Casha on behalf of all health professionals on the frontline in Malta.
“I have heard of care workers stuck in homes for the elderly for weeks so as not to expose the residents to the disease, of pharmacists who caught the virus from their client as they sought to keep their services going. I have heard of midwives, nurses and doctors who have had to rent places to maintain distance from their families, including elderly families,” Agius said.
He described their behaviour as “the highest display of the value of human dignity and solidarity.”
Agius sought to propose Casha as her story represented “the nobility of those professionals who seek to protect us.”
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