Dr Anton Sebastianpillai dies from COVID-19 at London hospital

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Dr Anton Sebastianpillai, a consultant geriatrician, who qualified as a doctor in Sri Lanka in 1967 and specialised in treating the elderly at the Kingston Hospital, London has died after testing positive for Covid-19, on Saturday, BBC reported. 

Dr Anton Sebastianpillai, who was in his 70s, died on Saturday, four days after being admitted to Kingston Hospital.

The consultant geriatrician, who qualified as a doctor in Sri Lanka in 1967, had a long association with the hospital in south-west London.

Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said he had last worked on 20 March.
It had previously been reported that Dr Sebastianpillai had retired, but the BBC has been told this was not the case.

"It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of a consultant geriatrician who was part of the team at Kingston Hospital," a trust spokeswoman said.

"Dr Anton Sebastianpillai died on Saturday having been cared for in the hospital's intensive care unit since 31 March.

"We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family."
Dr Sebastianpillai trained at the Peradeniya Medical School in Sri Lanka and qualified in 1967, according to the institution.

In an obituary notice, he was referred to as a "distinguished alumnus".

In a tweet, acting Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said Dr Sebastianpillai's death was "very sad news" and he had been "privileged" to meet the "hugely respected" consultant and author.

  Comments - 7

  • Lokusalli Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:27 PM

    It is very sad that someone so worthwhile in society should die ,when there are so many selfish ,thoughtless and worthless individuals ,ignoring all the requests being asked of them .My deepest sympathies go to his family ,who can be proud to have known such a good man .

    Dhammika Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:26 PM

    Rest In Peace - Dr. Anton Sebastianpillai .

    Charmari Gunatillaka Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:40 PM

    Deepest sympathies. Appreciate your lengthy service in the medical profession and caring for sick people. RIP

    Boniface Kane Wednesday, 08 April 2020 07:57 PM

    These medical professionals, nurses and other frontline medical workers, knowing the risk of their lives, dedicate their lives to serve the humanity out of love. Dr. Sebastiampillai was one who actually was retired and volunteered to serve. It is a call to believe that 'love is stronger than death.'

    Mandayan Wednesday, 08 April 2020 08:48 PM

    That’s why British PM in his Thai Pongal message appreciated the contribution of Sri Lankan Tamils a king to the nation NHS

    Professor Sri Kandiah Wednesday, 08 April 2020 09:37 PM

    Energetic spirit and a good human being. Hails from a medical family in Peradeniya. Fellow student at St.Sylvester's, who cared for humanity. Our thoughts are with his family and may the Divinity bless his soul.

    S R Perera Thursday, 09 April 2020 11:59 AM

    In response to Mandayan' s comment would like to mention that the said contribution was possible because free higher education is being provided in Sri Lanka to all without discrimination .


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