Medical City Dallas
July 23, 2021

DallasMedical City Dallas colleagues honored the life of respiratory therapist Maisha Oni Muhammad-Brinkley by planting a remembrance tree during a special ceremony held today outside of the hospital’s emergency department where she worked.

Maisha, affectionately called “The Breathing Lady” by some of her patients, passed away on Nov. 18, 2020, after a long battle with COVID–19. She served as a registered respiratory therapist at Medical City Dallas for more than eight years in the respiratory care and emergency departments. Maisha was fiercely devoted to her husband, four children and to her patients.

“Maisha's positive attitude, willingness to serve and caring spirit made a difference in the lives of her patients and colleagues,” says Chris Mowan, CEO of Medical City Dallas. “She will always be remembered for her compassion, commitment to excellence and as a great mentor who trained many respiratory therapists within Medical City Healthcare and across North Texas.”

The ceremony was attended by hospital leadership, Maisha’s colleagues, her husband, three daughters, brother and mother and in accordance with hospital masking guidelines. It began with a special prayer followed by the dedication of the tree near the main entrance to the emergency department. The Japanese maple tree was chosen because it is associated with peace, serenity and magnificence. A permanent remembrance plaque that reads, “On angels wings you were taken away, but in our hearts you will always stay” was placed at the tree’s base by her husband.

“She took care of a lot of homeless people in the area who said, 'That’s my friend. That’s the breathing lady,’” husband Reginald Brinkley says. “She was an amazing and positive person who breathed life into patients, our family and our loved ones in countless wonderful ways.”