Doctor acts out last things COVID-19 patients see before they die

Henrietta Strickland
November 28, 2020

Remy is a pediatric and adult critical care physician scientist at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

"I hope that the last moments of your life don't look like this", Remy saysin the video, holding up a laryngoscope and a breathing tube used when intubating patients.

"This is what it's going to look like." says Remy.

" This is what it would look like, " he adds, putting the phone down and acting on how a patient's breathing tube is inserted.

Sharing it to social media, he said it's what patients will see during what could be their last moment of life for which they're awake and lucid.

"I understand that wearing a mask everywhere when you're out in public can feel uncomfortable but what also would feel most uncomfortable would be being in the hospital, being in the intensive care unit, struggling to breathe", he said.

"Because I promise you, this will be what you see", he reiterates.

'I promise you, this is what your mother, or your father, or your children when they get COVID disease, will see at the end of their lives.

"This is serious. I beg you".

The virus has so far killed 3,750 Missouri residents and infected almost 279,000 others as of Tuesday, state data shows.

New daily cases have risen dramatically since the start of November, setting a record on November 9 with 7,414 new daily cases.

Missouri is roughly doubling its amount of Covid cases each month.

Dr Remy's state of Missouri is recording more than 4,500 coronavirus cases a day on average in the past week, as nationwide the country continues to break records for the number of Covid-related hospitalisations.

Staring down with a mask, goggles and full PPE on, Dr Remy said that this is what people should expect to see before they die if they don't wear a mask and practice social distancing.

He told CNN that he has so far treated over 1,000 Covid patients and has intubated well over 100 of them.

He's also often the one telling families their loved ones are dead and said he's had the conversation 11 times in the past week.

He revealed he felt desperate at the lack of mask-wearing as he made the video and hoped to reach those who believe that not wearing one is a statement of their freedom. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights.

He told the St Louis Post Dispatch: "Wearing a mask and not getting the disease is the best way for you to protect your personal liberties". People who went through COVID-19 from home and are still experiencing symptoms can get a referral from their GP to visit the aftercare clinic as well.

"If I have to win the lottery with these chances, I will play them every day", he said of opportunities.

"At the end of the day, I want my loved ones to be alive just like I want your loved ones to be alive".

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