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Medical fraternity mourns Jackson, Morgan

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two of the country’s well-known medical practitioners – Dr Lenworth Jackson and Professor Owen Morgan – who died within days of each other have been hailed by colleagues as doctors of the highest calibre and decent human beings.

Family physician Jackson, affectionately called ‘Lennie’, died last Friday following a COVID-19 diagnosis which caused him to need intensive care. Jackson had an “ effervescent smile that made everyone so comfortable”.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Winston De La Haye said Jackson’s death has left the medical fraternity in shock, while gynaecologist Dr Michael Abrahams said he was personally grieving the loss of a colleague and friend, who died doing what he loved best.

“As I write this, I am grieving. Three days ago, I lost a colleague and friend to COVID-19,” he wrote in yesterday’s Gleaner. “I had worked with Dr Lenworth Jackson for the past 15 years at the medical centre he operated. We worked in adjacent rooms and shared many patients and memorable moments. Not only that, but Lennie treated everyone in my household, including me, so he was also our family physician … .”

Abrahams said that Jackson enjoyed his job and was loved by many.

“Unfortunately, the very thing he loved to do, ultimately led to his demise. He fell ill after being infected with the virus and was admitted to an intensive care unit, where he was placed on a ventilator, but never made it back out,” Abrahams wrote.

Yesterday, University Hospital of the West Indies Medical Chief of Staff Dr Carl Bruce remembered Jackson as a trusted physician.

“He was such a gentlemen and a trusted physician to a huge population of patients. He was from the graduating class of ‘82A and was the epitome of a good physician,” said Bruce. “He did so much for so many. We will certainly miss him, but his dedication and his smile will always be remembered.”

Of Morgan, Bruce saluted his “towering contribution to the medical profession”.

“He dedicated most of his life to medicine – a great teacher and neurologist,” he said of Morgan, who served as head of the Department of Medicine and dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at The University of the West Indies.

While Morgan was retired, Jackson was still in active practice.

Immediate past president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association Dr Elon Thompson saluted both men.

“We have lost a great person, a great human being in Professor Morgan,” he said of the man with whom he shared office space in Mandeville.

“And Lennie Jackson is probably the most popular family physician in the Corporate Area,” added Thompson.

“[Morgan] was a real gentleman, a neurologist and we know they are few. He has been around for a long time. He sat on many committees and it is a great loss to medicine,” he said.

“I did my community health with Dr Jackson, while I was in medical school and he was such a cool guy,” he added.

erica.virtue@gleanerjm.com