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Tributes have been paid to an NHS doctor who has died after a “prolonged battle with Covid-19”.
Kalli Mantala-Bozos, a clinical psychologist and bereavement specialist in Halifax, West Yorkshire, died on 26 November. She was 50 and had four children aged 11 to 17 with her husband, a Greek Orthodox priest.
Colleagues said she had dedicated her life and career to helping people and supporting their mental health and wellbeing.
One described her as “so full of life, and a beautiful person to be around”, and as “a charismatic, compassionate, hard-working colleague and friend who will stay in our minds forever”. Another said: “Kalli was a genuine, kindhearted individual who made time to build relationships, bring a smile to others’ faces, and who put her all into her clinical work while being family-oriented and a cornerstone of her community.”
In a statement, the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS foundation trust said: “It is with heavy hearts that we have said goodbye to one of our colleagues, Kalli Mantala-Bozos, who passed away following a prolonged battle with Covid-19.”
Born in Greece, Mantala-Bozos became a clinical psychologist in the Calderdale core mental health team and part of the trust’s bereavement development group.
She worked in the Laura Mitchell Health and Wellbeing Centre, providing mental health support for older people, where a therapy room will now be named in her honour.
Rob Webster, chief executive of the trust, said: “To those who will be grieving the loss of Kalli – friends, family, colleagues – I send my deepest and heartfelt sympathies. My thanks go to Kalli for the dedication and commitment she showed to the people of Calderdale throughout the time she worked with us. She spent her life helping people in their time of need, both in and out of work, and the loss to the communities she lived in and served will be felt deeply. Kalli was an inspiration and will be very much missed by us all.”
A charity fundraising campaign set up by the Greek Orthodox Community of Leeds in her memory has raised more than £10,000 in one week.
Source: The Guardian
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