PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) – One of the many people across the country who have been putting the health of others before their own passed away, and his family believes COVID-19 claimed his life.
Dr. Atul Vahil worked as an independent doctor at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo. He founded Digestive Diseases Specialists of Colorado in 2001, according to his website.
His family tells 11 News he contracted COVID-19 a couple of weeks ago and passed away this week.
“He was my hero, he was my best friend my mentor, everything I want to be,” Dr. Vahil’s son Neel Vahil told 11 News Reporter Danielle Kreutter on Thursday. “If I’m even a quarter of a person he was, I will be the luckiest guy in the world. He was everything to me and my family. Funny all the time. Amazing Sense of humor. Loved by everyone. All this patients, all the people who got to know him meet him. The most generous person in the world. You didn’t have to ask him for something, he just knew.”
According to Dr. Vahil’s son, his father didn’t have any hesitation when it came to going to work during a pandemic.
“I told him that he shouldn’t go in, the response he gave me is, ‘I’m a doctor that’s my job, otherwise what’s the point,’” Neel explained. “It’s a duty.”
One of his friends shared the tragic news to Facebook early Thursday morning:
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