Bayhealth surgeon dies suddenly in Florida

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Bayhealth orthopedic surgeon Dr. Trinity Pilkington recently passed away at the age of 49 (Photo courtesy of Bayhealth)

Dr. Trinity Pilkington, a popular Bayhealth orthopedic surgeon, passed away last week while attending a conference in Florida. Pilkington was 49 years old.

“In a solemn moment for the medical community and the residents of Milford, DE, we mourn the passing of the esteemed orthopedic surgery specialist, Dr. Trinity Pilkington,” a statement released after his death read. “At the age of 49, Dr. Pilkington left a lasting impact on the field of orthopedics, leaving behind a legacy of compassion, expertise, and dedicated patient care.”

Pilkington was born in 1974, graduating from the University of South Carolina of Medicine in 2002. His career shaped the lives of many needing orthopedic care. After completing his residency, Pilkington set up a practice in Dover which focused on patient-centric care. He also played a crucial role in addressing various orthopedic challenges.

“The news of Dr. Trinity Pilkington’s passing has left both the medical community and his patients in shock,” the statement continued. “As an orthopedic surgery specialist, he was known for his skills in handling cases related to arthritis, fractures and injuries requiring joint replacement or trauma repair. His untimely departure has created a void in the medical landscape that will be challenging to fill.”

Details on what caused Pilkington’s death have not been released, but the local medical community is mourning the sudden loss of a physician who played an important role in addressing orthopedic issues in the area. According to those who knew him, Pilkington’s impact extended far beyond the operating room.

“His dedication to community education set him apart, reflecting his belief in the importance of informed patients. This dedication to spreading awareness about orthopedic health showcased his commitment to not only treating ailments but also preventing them,” his obituary read. “In a profession where precision and compassion are paramount, Dr. Pilkington stood out as a beacon of excellence. Patients remember him not only for his surgical expertise, but also for the empathy he displayed in understanding their struggles. Colleagues speak of him as a mentor and source of inspiration, emphasizing his significant role in shaping the future of orthopedic surgery.”

Tributes have poured in from colleagues, patients and community members alike.

“I have worked with Dr. Pilkington since he came to Bayhealth a little over ten years ago. He was my colleague but also my friend,” Angie Ney Russell posted on social media. “He was a very dedicated servant and will be missed tremendously by family, friends, colleagues and patients. As with those that have gone before him, we will get through this one day at a time together. Please keep his family, our staff and his friends in your prayers. I will miss you, my friend.”

Patients expressed how important Pilkington was in their recovery with one stating that his compassion and skill gave them a new lease on life.

“He performed an amazing procedure on my then 13 year old son’s severe compound fracture in 2014. That boy was back to normal in one year playing sports because of Dr. Pilkington,” Sean Duffy posted. “We will forever be eternally grateful for his work and compassion towards my son and my family. Prayers and sincere condolences to his at this time.”

Bayhealth’s statement continued regarding services for Pilkington.

“We will continue with Dr. Pilkington’s passion for delivering exceptional care to his patients. In the coming days, Dr. Pilkington’s patients will be contacted by our Bayhealth Orthopedics team to discuss options,” the statement read. “If you are a Bayhealth team member in need of grief support, please refer to the Pastoral Care and the Employee Assistance Program. Information was sent to your email. While our teams are still grappling with this loss, we will be organizing a memorial service to honor Dr. Pilkington’s life and contributions. Details will be shared once arrangements have been finalized. In the meantime, please join us in keeping his family, loved ones, and our Bayhealth family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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