This picture captures the moment three Russian doctors sleep on the floor next to a patient’s bed after a night spent battling trying to keep him alive.
The man was suffering from a severe COVID-19 infection at the Sosnovy Bor hospital in the Russian Leningrad region.
All three doctors were not scheduled to work at that time, but had seen a posting on a doctors WhatsApp group at 2am discussing the fact that this patient was going downhill, and the three specialists had decided to go in to work in order to try and help.
As he continued to go downhill, the doctors worked tirelessly at his bedside, battling through the night to keep him alive and then stayed at his bedside to monitor the effects of their work.
The man was a patient in the hospital’s COVID-19 red zone for the critically ill, highly infectious patients.
The picture was reportedly taken three days ago on 27th December.
A colleague told local media that the doctors had gone to the man’s room as he started to deteriorate, and that became a marathon race to keep him alive after which they then monitored him to make sure their work had been a success where they then fell asleep.
They had apparently decided to remain on hand to react immediately should his situation worsen, the colleague said.
Another work colleague who was one of those working that day praised the trio said: “I want to express my deep gratitude to Rasul, Katya and Lyosha for the fact that they took their shift outside their schedule and helped in difficult times on the shift. Guys, you are cool.”
At the time of writing the patient was still alive, but there has been no official update on the man’s condition from the hospital.
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