COVID-19 doctor shares the agony of seeing 'patients dying alone'

COVID-19 doctor shares the agony of seeing 'patients dying alone'

- A doctor shared her experiences in dealing with coronavirus patients who are in the ICU

- Among other frontliners in the hospital, one stated that the biggest thing that scares her is to see patients dying alone

- The frontliner recounted how the faces of their patients would shift into one of helplessness and agony whenever they inform them that they could not be visited by their families

- As a COVID doctor, it pains her how she used to be a comforting doctor, but now, she no longer wants to spend more time in a patient's room than she has to

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A doctor dealing with COVID patients took the time to write about her experiences with her COVID-19 patients.

The doctor, Daniela J. Lamas, is a critical care doctor in Boston. She is at Brigham and Women's Hospital where she has been treating coronavirus infected patients.

In the doctor's writeup found in New York Times, Dr. Lamas painfully recalls how heartbreaking it was to tell an intubated wife that her husband could no longer stay by her side because they were tightening protocols.

She could vividly recall how the wife's face shifted, the ventilator beeped when she told her that her husband, who has been beside her all the while, would have to go away due to tight hospital protocols.

She could see how the husband could easily calm the wife with a touch on the shoulder, but that is something that could not be done anymore.

Here's an excerpt from Dr. Lamas story:

I said. No more visitors. When you leave today, you both need to say goodbye.
I watched their faces shift. My patient’s breathing quickened, and her ventilator alarm sounded. Her husband quickly moved his hand to her shoulder and her breaths slowed; the alarms silenced. He knew how to calm her. He had been there through all of it — hospitalizations for cystic fibrosis, the transplant, the bouts of rejection. When we took away her voice with the tracheostomy tube, he spoke for her.
But now, as we tighten our protocols to protect our patients from the threat of Covid-19, she’s alone.

In another instance, a daughter was having a video call with her intubated father but the latter coughed up blood while on the call, leaving the daughter with a memory of bloodstained hospital gown of her father. After that, she was only able to give updates to the daughter without the latter ever seeing her father.

These were not the only ones. The good doctor recounted more agonizing experiences of COVID-19 patients whom she described were in "solitary confinement."

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In a previous report by KAMI, doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.

The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.

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