Healthcare workers have been on the frontline in battling coronavirus pandemic worldwide.
However, few know about what medical personnel actually go through in treating the patients and the effects of the experiences on their lives.
Speaking to Reuters on Wednesday, some doctors narrated their ordeal and the impact it has had on their lives.
“It is a lifelong trauma. The psychological trauma from it all is something that I will definitely remember for the rest of my life. The faces of the people that died. The patients that my team and i were taking care of and then I come back into the room and they perish before our eyes. I’ll never forget their faces and the way they looked at me before dying,” said New York doctor Arabia Mollette.
“I’ve seen patients who were on a breathing tube and finally recover. I’ve seen people die. Mother nature is more powerful than all of us and has to be respected. I used to be such a great sleeper and now I can’t fall asleep at all. There’s insomnia but I’m trying all kinds of things (to sleep). I see my patients and then I can’t sleep. There is a trauma there,” another doctor disclosed.
“I did what I could and I did everything I could to help, although we can only do so much. It matters and it made a difference and that’s what I’m going to try to hold on to. I don’t want to rest too much, we are not out of this yet. This is not the time to take the foot off the gas, it’s time to push even harder, people still need help,” a New York doctor disclosed to Reuters
However, the doctors said there was hope in future. This is because there were signs that the coronavirus was being defeated little by little.
“It was definitely like a warzone but now it doesn’t feel that way. (The hospital) is getting busy but it’s not the sense of doom that many others had experienced at the height of it,” Arabia said.
“I’m feeling cautiously optimistic that we can flatten the curve. We can see things reopening, we can see things going back to some sense of normalcy.”