A Missouri doctor shared a shocking video of what the last moments of life are like for a patient dying of COVID-19.
Dr. Kenneth E. Remy, a critical care physician at the St. Louis Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, shared a 78-second clip on Twitter on Saturday mimicking a first-person view of what the patient will see during treatment. .
An emotional Remy, who also serves as City Councilor for Wildwood, Missouri, said he made the video to encourage as many people as possible to wear masks and maintain social distance as cases of the coronavirus grow in the state.
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Dr. Kenneth E. Remy, a critical physician at the St. Louis Missouri Baptist Medical Center, shared the sobering 78-second clip on Twitter on Saturday after finishing the night shift
The video begins with Remy moving the camera back and forth to mimic what the patient would see when connected to a ventilator.
“That’s what it looks like when you breathe 40 times a minute, your oxygen level drops well below 80,” says Remy, dressed in his medical scrubs, mask and eye protection.
“That’s what it will look like,” he adds, hanging up the phone and playing out how to insert a snorkel into the patient.
“I hope the last moments of your life don’t look that way.” Because that’s what you’ll see at the end of your life if we don’t start wearing a mask when we’re out in public.
– When we don’t practice social distance. When we do not wash our hands often.
“Because I promise you, you’ll see this,” the doctor continues.
“I promise you this is what your mother, father, or children will see at the end of their lives when they have COVID.” This is serious.’
“Please, please take precautions to reduce the spread of covid disease so that we can effectively prevent you and your loved ones from getting sick,” Remy finally begs.
He hangs up the phone and shows him how to insert a snorkel into the patient
– Please listen, because it’s serious. I don’t want to be the last person to look you in the scared eye, ”he added in a tweet when he shared the video.
According to state data, there were 282,792 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Missouri and 3,776 deaths.
New daily cases have risen dramatically since early November, reaching a record on November 9, with 7,414 new daily cases.
Over the past seven days, the average number of new daily cases was 3,741 and the number of deaths was 77 per day.
The state also has a worrying 20 percent positivity rate and doubles its coronavirus cases every month.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch, the Missouri Baptist Medical Center, where Remy works, has seen record highs in coronavirus cases, hospital stays and deaths over the past ten days.
Remy made the video on Saturday after finishing an exhausting night shift where he cared for the most sick patients in COVID-19.
He told CNN that he had treated more than 1,000 Covid patients so far and intubated well over 100 of them.
He also often tells families we loved him dead and said he talked eleven times in the last week.
Missouri’s new daily cases have risen dramatically since early November, reaching a record on November 9, with 7,414 new daily cases, and remain high
Daily coronavirus deaths in Missouri have now averaged 77
Remy, at the bottom of the picture in the middle, said he made the video after a tiring night shift and after a week in which 11 families had to say we loved him died in COVID-19
The Missouri Baptist Medical Center pictured, where Remy works, has reached record highs in coronavirus cases, hospital stays and deaths over the past ten days.
He revealed that he felt desperate for not wearing the masks when he made the video and hoped to reach out to those who believe that not wearing it is a declaration of their freedom.
“We can’t build capacity anymore,” Remy warned. “Medical staff can’t grow if they get sick.”
“Wearing a mask and not suffering from illness is the best way to protect personal liberties,” the councilor added. “It doesn’t matter to you your personal freedom when I inhale a snorkel and then you die.
He added that he feels frustrated that some are telling him that they think the mask is ineffective against protection against the spread of covid, or that they don’t want to wear it because they are unlikely to die from the disease.
“If I had to win the lottery with these odds, I would play every single day,” he said of the odds.
“Many of these patients die unexpectedly and I have to call me as an intensive care unit doctor at the end of the day,” he added. – I think it weighed on me.
By Wednesday night, more than 12.6 million cases of coronavirus had been reported in the United States and 260,000 deaths.