WARMINGTON: Triathlete, 27, becomes 5th GTA doctor to die in July


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The fifth GTA doctor to die in July « radiated with positivity » and « led a vibrant and active life ».

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But what the world lost in the sudden and tragic death of Dr. Candace Nayman was a woman who had dedicated her life to the health of children.

The 27-year-old, who was a resident physician at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, collapsed while swimming while taking part in a triathlon on Sunday. She then died on Thursday.

Friends held a 24-hour prayer vigil for beloved Nayman who lost her fight and, at her request, donated her organs to help others.

She was « beloved daughter of Nicole and Gary, and sister of Lauren, her twin, and Maurice, as well as partner of Seth Kadish, » read an obituary at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel.

A triathlete, Dr. Nayman has regularly commented on social media about her love of training and running.

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« Candace Brooke Nayman passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022 competing and doing what she loved, » her obituary reads.

Family, friends and peers gathered for his funeral on Thursday, which not only shook his family, but also the already shaken medical fraternity.

“Everyone in the Department of Pediatrics here at McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital is devastated by the loss of Dr. Candace Nayman. said Dr. Angelo Mikrogianakis, chief of pediatrics at McMaster Children’s Hospital of Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

« Candace was an aspiring pediatrician who exemplified hard work, radiated positivity, lived a vibrant and active life, and positively impacted fellow residents, colleagues, faculty, and patients. »

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Such a terrible loss of a special person in the prime of life.

« She will be greatly missed, » Mikrogianakis said.

And by many.

« Candace was one of the best residents I have had the privilege of working with at McMaster, » said Dr. Christina Grant, a professor at McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital.

In her tribute on the memorial page, Grant added that Candace was « a critical, compassionate thinker and an excellent team player. »

Friend Rebecca Starkman added: « There are simply no words to describe the giant hole that was left in Candace’s absence. There is nothing she set out to do in this. world she couldn’t conquer. Her incredibly gifted brain was the envy of her peers. There was no contest when it came to competing with Candace. She was brilliant in so many ways. Whether on academically, athletically, musically, etc., she flourished in all aspects of her life.

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Dozens of tributes are still pouring in for this exceptional woman who died too young.

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It’s been a tough week that only got worse with this news.

Four other local doctors died this summer.

Trillium Partners staff physicians Dr. Jakub Sawicki, Dr. Stephen McKenzie and Dr. Lorne Segall died last week, just days after the tragic death of Dr. Paul Hannam of North York General Hospital, an Olympian who died in a race at the age of 50.

In all four cases, their hospitals made it clear that their deaths « were not related to the COVID-19 vaccine. »

The cause of death in Dr. Nayman’s case has not been released.

« I’ve always looked up to her and been inspired by her and wish I was more like her, » said her friend since grade 9, Rachel Bolshin. “She was driven, smart, successful, but above all so kind. She was one of the first people to privately congratulate me when I was accepted to law school… I will miss seeing her Twitter posts documenting her life as a resident and all the good she was doing .

Dr. Candace Nayman did a lot of good and had more to do. Condolences to his family.


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