HOUSTON, TX – On the eve of Thanksgiving, Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, told CNN “America is going to see the darkest days in modern American medical history” over Christmas if we don’t change course fast.
He has worked for the past 251 days straight taking care of COVID-19 patients. His hospital, like many across the country, has reached capacity and expanded the number of times to make room for the sick. Texas alone has recorded over 1,220,000 cases and 21,500 deaths in the last week.
As emotions ran high among desperate staff and patients in the COVID-19 ward on Thanksgiving Day, Varon did what might seem unimaginable: He hugged an elderly patient in the intensive-care unit.
Photographer Go Nakamura captured the moment of human compassion, which will resonate with all healthcare workers across the world. There are few effective treatments for people with COVID-19, and doctors desperately treating patients and figure out how exactly COVID-19 attacks the body.
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