First physician dies in COVID-19 fight: Veteran nephrologist Dr Judson Frazier Eneas

First physician dies in COVID-19 fight: Veteran nephrologist Dr Judson Frazier Eneas
Veteran nephrologist Dr Judson Frazier Eneas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Veteran nephrologist Dr Judson Frazier Eneas is the country’s fifth COVID-19 related death.

Officials reported the 72-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 on April 1.

He was hospitalized, and had no travel history but was linked to a previous case.

Eneas was a pioneer in the medical community as an internist, and nephrologist who introduced Dialysis to Doctors Hospital.

He was a member of the Omega Psi Ph fraternity, and a message from the family asking for support and prayers was posted to Whatsapp shortly before 6pm yesterday.

“Our brother Judson Eneas has unfortunately contracted the Covid-19 virus and is hospitalized on a ventilator. The family asks that as many as possible lift his name up in prayer for a safe and speedy recovery,” the message read.

Loved ones were notified Eneas had passed shortly before 1am.

He is survived by his wife Marcheta and three children.

In an email this morning, President of Doctors Hospital Dr Charles Diggis said: “There is no easy way to accept the loss of a colleague. We are still at the beginning of a ‘fight’ which looms to take us through turbulent times over the next months….and it will continue to have casualties – this will change us all forever.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Dr Eneas’ family. He was with our dream and vision from inception….this is a great loss. Be safe and be careful…..cherish and protect those you love……additional words seem so useless right now….”

As of Saturday at 4pm, there were 28 confirmed cases in the country – 22 confirmed cases in New Providence, five in Grand Bahama, and one from Bimini.

Of the cases, at least five are healthcare workers.

Last Thursday, officials revealed some 50 healthcare workers had to be removed from the front lines and placed into quarantine.

Doctors Hospital has closed its Collins Ave facility to the public and non-essential staff as officials undertake advanced cleaning of its operating rooms and Intensive Care Unit.

Staff were told those procedures are expected to be completed by tomorrow.

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My fellow Bahamians, pray and trust that God Almighty continue to cover this Nation. People of God, continue to fight the good fight of faith speaking life over your family and love ones. Trust God to bring you out.

Marcheta, family and Friends words cannot begin to Express our heartfelt anguish over the passing of our beloved Judson. We are so sorry. Please know that we are praying!

May God strengthen and comfort the family of Dr. Eneas and others who had lost love ones to this plague. Be encouraged and continue to be safe.

We will miss this great doctor . All our dialysis patient who knows him will grieve. Dr Eneas very good doctor with a kind heart. I worked with you in Doctors hospital during my time there. You will realy be missed in the Bahamas. ??????May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen???

May God strengthen and comfort the family of Dr. Eneas and those who are grieving the lost of love ones during this time. Dr. Eneas was indeed an awesome person.

What a great loss for our country Our love & prayers go out to the family Donnie & Rosemary Johnson

Heartfelt condolences on behalf of my family and I, may God continue to strengthen and comfort you through this difficult time. I continue to pray for the loved ones he left behind. God is still in control.

Clayton Forbes and Family

Archousa Marcheta,
We are so saddened by this news of our beloved friend Archon Judson! Earl and I were looking forward to seeing you at the Grand Boule at THE ATLANTIS RESORT in June! The two of you are among our favorites! We love ? you!
Jacqueline Cotman

Our prayers and condolences for the Eneas family. Walter & Harriett Watkins and his Brothers, the Tri-Seven, Eta Psi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,Inc. 1965

To our brothers family
His line brothers of Eta Psi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, inc., Tri Seven share your grief. We have lost a champion of greatness and will always miss and honor him as he transitions to Omega Chapter. RIP my Brother.

May the Holy God of peace and righteousness be with Dr. Eneas’ family, as a nation mourns, repents and turns to the One True God, Jehovah Rapha.

Healthcare workers in Dominca share your nation’s shock and grief. We understand this consummate physician stood firm on the front lines serving his people. And so shall we, inspired by his noble life. We honour him as an awesome credit to the profession in the region.

Be comforted in the name of the Most High.

This breaks my heart; Mel and I will always cherish the memories of Judson. What a good spirit! You and yours are in my daily prayers.

So very sorry for the loss of your life partner, Judson. You were such a beautiful couple and I looked forward to you sharing your next exciting venture. Judson leaves behind a wonderful legacy to be shared by all who were fortunate enough to know him! Please know that Rod and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Here’s sending you much positive energy to help you work your way through this tremendous loss and pain.
Gone much too soon!

Love, hugs and kisses,
Joan Adams Bahner

This is your cousin Mary (Mack) Hutchins from Baltimore, MD. I was very sad to hear about the passing of your husband, Judson. We, the family send their heartfelt sympathy. Much Love even though we are so far away.

Sorry for the loss of Dr. Eneas. Your Fisk family will treasure you for your contributions to the medical field forever.

We are sorry to hear of your loss. For those of us who saw both of you walk through our lives starting so many years ago we have been blessed. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Barbara Bowles, Fisk68

Archousa Marcheta,

We are so saddened to hear the passing of Archon Eneas. Meeting you both at the Western Region Boule in Houston, last November was a joy, and we looked forward to seeing you again at the Grand Boule in The Bahamas in June.

We are praying for you and your entire family, and will keep you uplifted in our prayers.

Archon Lorenza & Archousa Carla Breckenridge
Wichita, Kansas

With deepest sympathy & sincere condolences. May God give you strength .Doris Dillard


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. The Fisk family greatly mourns this untimely loss. I am grateful for the times we shared. Love. President Kevin and First Lady Stefanie Rome, Fisk University.

Marcheta words cannot express how I feel this morning about Judson’s death. You and your family have been in my prayers all week and will continue to be. The annual pilgrimage will never be the same. All who know you and your family are deeply saddened of this news and will continue to pray for you. God bless and be safe.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to Mrs Eneas and her children on the passing of a great physician. May the Angels present his soul to God the Most high and may his soul rest in eternal peace.

My deep condolences to the entire Eneas family. Our fraternity has another great brother that has entered Omega Chapter.

My heart it heavy, My Sister His Daughter and I pledged at Hampton University with her in 1993. We became Zetas and became Sorors, but 25 years later we are still Sisters??.

I loved meeting her father and mother and we remained family ever since.
Kemba I love you my sister?

Archousa Marcheta, I want you to know that Archousa Sherry Perry and I are so grateful to have known Judson and all that he meant and still means to me as a fellow Archon. His amazing leadership and warm hospitality will forever be remembered. His legacy will live on in our daily work to make our fraternity even greater because of his example. The Southeast Region Boulé will be forever touched by his presence. I thank him for personally taking an interest in me and inspiring me to be all that I can be for our fraternity. I will miss my friend and dear brother and we send you and your family our love and prayers. May God almighty be with you and comfort you during this time of great loss. – Archon Dexter Perry, SER Audit & Budget Chair, Raleigh North Carolina, USA.

I send my deepest condolences to my soror Kemba, while extending my prayers and heart to her family at this time.
D. Rodd RN

Dear Marcheta, may God almighty be with you and comfort you during this time of great loss.
We love and be praying for you all. Gradie Haynes and Carol Nash send condolences and prayers.
Esther Wallace Toliver

I am Dr. Judson Eneas’s first born son. His death has left both myself and my other two siblings severely grief-stricken.

Judson was a classmate of mine in medical school. We were not close friends, but I was glad to have had the opportunity to study with him. I feel devastated by his loss. Rest in peace Judson and thank you for all you have done.

Evan McLeod

Dear Eneas family.

I remember Judson from medical school. What a remarkable gentleman, good person, physician and family man. I know you will miss him dearly. I am thinking of you.

Rima McLeod

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