April 10, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
More than $33,000 has been raised for the family of a LIJ Forest Hills hospital worker who died from COVID-19 Sunday.
Prea Nankieshore, 34, who registered patients in the emergency room at the at 102-01 66th Rd. hospital, died April 5, according to a hospital spokesperson.
She left behind 8-year-old twin boys, according to a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds to help care for her family. The fund had generated more than $33,000 in donations as of Friday afternoon.
“We at LIJ Forest Hills are devastated by the loss of our colleague Prea Nankieshore from COVID-19,” the hospital’s chief nursing officer Mary Curran said in a statement.
“She was among the brave team members dedicated to our community and patients during this challenging time,” she said.
Nankieshore appeared to be healthy and did not have any underlying medical conditions that would make her more vulnerable to the virus, her sister Lisa Singh told the New York Post.
Nankieshore began working for Northwell Health — the operators of the hospital — as a customer service representative in 2012 and transferred to LIJ Forest Hills to work as a clerk at the facilities emergency department in 2013.
“Our team at LIJ Forest Hills is a family that now mourns the loss of one of its own. But as we grieve, we will also persevere in caring for our patients with the grace and strength that Prea displayed day in and day out,” the statement said.
“We mourn her loss and hold her family in our thoughts and prayers.”