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Who was the ES doctor who died on a humanitarian mission in Rio Grande do Sul

It was early last Sunday (12) when doctor Leandro Medice Passos Costa, 41 years old, left Espírito Santo for Rio Grande do Sul to work as a volunteer in rescuing victims of the rains that hit the state of Rio Grande do Sul in the last two weeks.

Leandro arrived in Rio Grande do Sul and went to São Leopoldo, a city of 217,400 inhabitants located in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre. The municipality was heavily affected by the floods in the state.

Shortly before embarking on the humanitarian mission, the doctor posted a video on a social network saying he would “help our brothers who are in need”.

However, one day after arriving in Rio Grande do Sul, Leandro was found dead in a shelter in São Leopoldo. In a post on Instagram, the clinic where he worked reported that Leandro was the victim of a sudden illness.

Even before Leandro left to travel, the clinic had already announced that it was collecting donations for victims of the rains in RS.

Who was Leandro

Leandro Medice Passos Costa was born on August 18, 1982. In addition to medicine, he also had a degree in physiotherapy. In fact, he worked in this area before starting his career as a doctor.

According to João Paulo Martins, the doctor's husband, Leandro started medical school right after graduating in physiotherapy. “His passion has always been medicine,” he says. Then, he adds, he specialized in cardiology.

Leandro has already worked in ICUs and was part of the Mobile Emergency Care Service (Samu) team. Currently, he worked focused on hair transplants, including participating in events on this topic as a speaker.

“After the pandemic, he suffered a lot. We had losses in our family and he was already trying to change areas. He completed a postgraduate degree in aesthetics and hair transplantation. And today he was a reference in hair transplantation in Espírito Santo. We began to receive patients from other states and other countries, who trusted his work and the welcoming atmosphere that we managed to create in our clinic”, commented João Paulo.

On a page dedicated to evaluations of medical professionals, Leandro collected praise. “I thought I would feel a lot of pain, but Dr. Leandro, with his psychological and technical preparation, demystified all these feelings, making me feel really good during the procedure. And the end result was better than expected”, wrote one patient.

“Attentive, enlightening and ethical doctor! He was very thorough in his explanations during the service”, reported another.

Leandro and João Paulo had been together since 2018. “We would have been married for six years this year. Our leisure was always traveling. Whenever we had a free weekend, we would hit the road and go somewhere to discover and make our history”, remembers her husband.

“We were united 24 hours a day. We lived together, we worked together and our leisure time was always a lot of fun when it was just me and him,” she adds.

The couple had a trip planned to Cancun, Mexico, where they would go, in August, to celebrate Leandro's birthday.

“Our patients are devastated. His friends and family, who he always prioritized, are all devastated by this sad news that took everyone by surprise, as he doesn't have any health problems”, comments João Paulo. “He was a person very loved by everyone. He was honest and always very helpful, he didn’t know how to say no to people,” he adds.

Source: CNN Brasil

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