‘He sacrificed himself in order to save others’: Widow pays emotional tribute to doctor husband, 51, who died from COVID-19 – after he spent nine months treating patients suffering from the virus
- Critical care pulmonologist Dr. Carlos Araujo-Preza died from COVID-19 on Monday night
- Araujo- Preza had spent the past nine months working in various Houston hospitals treating coronavirus patients
- His heartbroken widow, Paige King, paid tribute to the doctor in an emotional post shared to Facebook on Tuesday
- More than 1,000 US health care workers have died from COVID-19, despite the fact most are relatively young and do not have preexisting conditions
A Texas woman has paid heartbreaking tribute to her doctor husband who died from COVID-19.
Paige King took to Facebook on Tuesday revealing that her ‘exceptional’ spouse, Dr. Carlos Araujo-Preza, 51, had succumbed to the virus the previous evening at a hospital in Houston.
Araujo-Preza was a renowned pulmonologist who had been working on the front lines of the ongoing pandemic, helping to treat coronavirus patients as the disease attacked their lungs.
‘My husband, my love, my rock, my everything, Carlos Araujo-Preza, passed away last night from complications secondary to COVID-19,’ a devastated King wrote on Facebook.
Paige King has paid heartbreaking tribute to her doctor husband, Carlos Araujo-Preza, who died from COVID-19 earlier this week
Araujo-Preza was a renowned pulmonologist who had been working on the front lines of the ongoing pandemic, helping to treat coronavirus patients as the disease attacked their lungs. He is pictured earlier this y
King took to Facebook on Tuesday revealing that her ‘exceptional’ spouse, Dr. Carlos Araujo-Preza, had succumbed to the virus the previous evening at a hospital in Houston
King continued: ‘Since COVID-19 was introduced to our community in early 2020, Carlos, a board certified Critical care/Pulmonary/Internal medicine/Sleep physician, has been at the forefront of the fight against this novel virus.
‘I have been Carlos’ Nurse Practitioner for nearly eight years now, and in the beginning of the pandemic, when I was terrified for both of us due to the high risk of exposure, I said to Carlos, ‘Baby, aren’t you worried about being around COVID-19 patients? Aren’t you afraid?’ In response, Carlos said to me, ‘Love! Are you kidding me? I’m not afraid!!! I was BORN for this!’
King went on to explain that she was comforted by her husband’s heroism and selflessness even as she ‘struggle to come to terms with the fact that the love of my life is no longer here with me on this earth’.
‘I love you, Baby. You were an exceptional man, and I am so lucky to have called you my own. I promise to live my life with your greatness in my heart,’ she emotionally wrote.
King had worked as her husband’s Nurse Practitioner for eight years, and both
Araujio-Preza most recently worked at HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball.
On Tuesday, the medical facility released a statement regarding the doctor’s death, saying that his ‘clinical excellence, compassionate care and kindness will be greatly missed.’
‘Dr. Carlos Araujo-Preza touched so many of our lives and will always be remembered for his profound commitment to his patients,’ they added.
Tens of thousands of US doctors and other health care workers have been infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
A report from Kaiser Health News on October 8 stated that more than 1,000 of them had died from the virus – despite the fact that many are young and have no pre-existing conditions.
Araujio-Preza most recently worked at HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball. The hospital paid tribute to him in a statement on Tuesday
Araujo-Preza still contacted COVID-19, despite taking precautions -including wearing masks, gloves and goggles while inside the hospital