Well-known Muskogee doctor Yet Se Choa Png, M.D., (FACC) died this morning of COVID-19, according to his daughter, Jasmine Ong.
Ong, she said, had been working long hours during the COVID crisis, and collapsed late in November at the hospital while working. He suffered a brain injury during the collapse, she said, and was transferred to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was recovering, when he contracted COVID-19 as a patient.
Ong had been practicing medicine in Muskogee for 41 years.
“The last several conversations I had with him before he got sick, he was desperate to convince (Muskogee residents) to stay home, stay at a distance from others and to wear masks in public at all times,” Jasmine Ong said. “He gave you his LIFE. The least you can do for him is to take this pandemic seriously and wear a mask.”
She saved strong words for the Gov. Kevin Stitt and others in state leadership who failed to issue mask mandates.
“You have blood on your hands,” she said. “Make no mistake, I blame you for what happened to my father. You have deprived an entire community of one of its greatest champions and hardest workers. Muskogee will never recover from the loss of Dr. Yee Se Ong. I would tell you that I hope you die face-down, drowning on dry land from fluid in your lungs delivered there by the virus while all your organs fail, but that’s what happened to my dad, so it’s definitely too good for you.”