"I've to tell people their 22-year-old son has died", Doctor's plea to people to wear the mask

The resident doctor's post is going viral as India is seeing a second wave of coronavirus, but the people are still arrogant to obey the basic precautionary measures. Source- The Indian Express

Hardships During the Pandemic

The ongoing pandemic, though extremely challenging for all of us, has especially taken a toll on medical workers around the globe. But what leaves these exhausted frontline workers crushed is the ignorance and insensitivity of people around them, when they move out without masks. Now, a gut-wrenching post by a young doctor from New Delhi has left netizens teary-eyed online.

Dr. Saandhra Sebastian, an anesthesiology resident based in New Delhi, recently shared a long post on Instagram conveying the horrors of working during the pandemic. The young doctor talked about how emotionally challenging the two weeks have been amid the second wave of Covid-19.

Doctor's heart whelming post

“I’ve been telling people that their 22-year-old son has died, lying to patients, telling them theek ho jaoge (All will be okay) when I know to my bones vo theek nhi honge (that they will not recover),” she wrote in the post. Watching several deaths every day, she shared several experiences, from the last words of an ailing patient, a mother of two worried about her children, to giving the devastating news to relatives that they might not get their loved one's dead body. Living with so many tragedies, the young doctor said how she keeps working.

“Working as hard as I can wishing other healthcare workers would do the same for my parents if they were to be hospitalized with Covid, ”she wrote. She further expressed her vulnerabilities by writing, “Coming back from my duty and crying about all of that I am forced to do/forced to watch…Crying about how I could have been a little more patient and a lot more loving to people who are suffocating to their deaths”.Expressing the hardships of wearing a PPE jacket, she wrote, “6 hours in PPE all the while anxious about being exposed, anxious about dying just like our patients does not exactly leave you the sweetest person.” Towards the end, she just had one simple request, urging all not to be so ignorant. “Do us a favor, I am not asking you to stay home, I understand that not everyone has the luxury to do that… Just wear your masks when you are out,” she added.

Impact on Public

As the post went viral not only on Instagram but on other social media platforms as well, many shared it saying the responsibility is on the public to be careful, follow protocols and ease the pressure on healthcare workers. Many fellow doctors said the post resonated with them, while others expressed their gratitude to doctors for their service also asking them to take care.

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