The emergency doctor dies a week after the first symptoms of coronavirus in his husband’s arms

Apr 2, 2020 11:40 PM ET

Still, he continued, and about a week after the virus was infected, Gabrin died in his husband’s arms on Tuesday. His loss is a lesson on the importance of caring for the people who care about the public, his girlfriend Debra Vaselech Lyons told Cuomo Prime Time to CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

“It’s not about the result, you can’t save every patient, but what you do with the result,” said Vaselech Lyons, Gabrin believed. “He lost his life unnecessarily because if he had the equipment – he’s a professional, he knew how to protect himself.”

“We have to do something good with it,” she said.

Garbin’s husband Arnold Vargas spoke next to Vaselech Lyon about the loss of his husband, but could hardly see the words in tears.

The two-time cancer survivor tried to make the best of things when the coronavirus appeared, but Vaselech Lyons said, “It went from manageable to manageable overnight.”

He fell ill with the virus and about one week later died in Vargas’ arms. Paramedics worked an hour to save him, but he was already gone, Vaselech Lyons said.

He knew he was in a dangerous position when he went to work, but like other medical professionals, he prepared his whole life to be on the front line and to help people.

What he hadn’t expected was to be at the forefront without the equipment he needed.

How it is for healthcare workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s like asking a soldier to go to the front and not give them anything. Nothing they can do,” said Vaselech Lyons.

Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel across the country face a shortage of personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves. Many have to reuse items that are considered disposable. The shortage not only makes it difficult to protect yourself, but many states also report a lack of ventilators and hospital beds that are needed to treat their patients.

Now Gabrin’s husband is grieving for his loss while also suffering from the virus.

“I do not think we are seeing that we have selfish healthcare workers. They do what they can, even though they are putting themselves and especially their families at risk,” said Vaselech Lyons.

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