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Coronavirus Kent: Nurse from Maidstone dies after Covid-19 diagnosis

A "kindhearted and caring" nurse from Kent with suspected coronavirus has died.

Gaily Catalla lived in Maidstone after moving to the UK from the Philippines, according to the Nursing Notes website.

Gaily Catalla. Picture: Facebook
Gaily Catalla. Picture: Facebook

He was described as a "fierce frontliner" by the Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines, which he graduated from in 1981.

Posting on its Facebook page, the university said Gaily "fought until the very end" but sadly died on April 13.

"In the face of the crisis, he continued to compassionately care for his patients," the tribute continues.

"Amid the sorrow and pain, love also poured for the fallen hero. Family and dear friends shared on social media how special Gaily or 'Daddy Gil' was to them— his absence will surely leave a huge void.

"A parental figure to many, he was remembered for his kindness, generosity, and wisdom."

Gaily Catalla. Picture: Facebook
Gaily Catalla. Picture: Facebook

The university said Gaily was a nurse with a "big heart".

"He had so much love for his family, his friends, his profession, and his patients—his life was truly dedicated to those around him.

"Gaily will always be an inspiration to all who treasure him. May he rest in peace."

A tribute has also been posted on Facebook by Julia Catalla, who says: "Goodbye daddy Gaily, thank you so much for all the fun, laughter and all your help to all of us.

"We love you so much daddy.

"Until your last moment you still showed your strength and love to us and the patients you cared for."

The tragedy follows the death of fellow Kent nurse Aimee O'Rourke who contracted coronavirus. The 39-year-old worked at the acute medical unit at the QEQM hospital in Margate.

At least 339 people in Kent with coronavirus have now died, according to the latest figures released today.

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