- A popular Durban paramedic, Basanth Mohan, has sadly lost his life to Covid-19
- Those serving on the frontlines are more at risk but it makes it so much more painful when we lose a hero
- Facebook has been inundated with messages of condolences for "Barry", as he was known
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A well-known Durban Durban Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedic Basanth Mohan, aka Barry, has sadly passed on after contracting Covid-19.
Mohan, 56, of Phoenix lost his battle on Saturday with the virus and his family has decided not to talk the news media.
Facebook has been flooded with messages of condolence for the popular paramedic.
"My first cousin Basanth Mohan, our dear brother Barry (standing second from right) transitioned this morning due to Covid-19. He worked as a frontline worker, a trainer for EMS. Our hearts have been broken. Fly Free dearest Bro."
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Taytum Aldworth penned a particularly moving tribute to Mohan where she thanked him for being a positive influence in her life. She, herself, is a paramedic and it is thanks to Mohan that she was able to realise that dream.
His passing has meant a lot to her.
"I would not have had the courage or the ability to pursue my passion of being a paramedic without first being your student and learning from the best of the best."
Facebook users have flooded the post by Mohan's cousin with messages of condolence:
"Heartfelt condolences to your Family. Losing a frontline worker makes this loss so much more hurtful. Such persons risk their lives to save us. God protect them and their families."
"A man with a heart of gold! Go well. Barry I will miss you. You were a shining atar on earth and you will remain a shining star in Heaven! My heart is broken."
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the real heroes in this challenging time are not the politicians, sports stars or celebrities. The real heroes are the men and women who put other people ahead of themselves.
Some work in grocery stores making sure we have food to eat, others work in hospitals and some patrol the streets keeping us safe.
However, there are a special, select group of people who are really there when we need them most, our paramedics. They are first on the scene to make sure that we get the help we need, whether it is a car accident, an emergency at home or if someone needs urgent medical assistance.
A proud husband took to social media to heap praise of his dedicated wife, Janeldi Botha, who puts others ahead of herself, demonstrating true Ubuntu.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Muzi Myeza shared his story on the "ImStaying" group on Facebook. This is his 20th year serving in emergency services.
"I serve anyone within the borders of this country with pride and honour regardless of their age, race, colour, gender, political affiliation, socio-economic status, religion, nationality, tribe, sexual orientation, criminal convictions."
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