Doctor Breaks Down After He Is Unable To Hug Son Due To Coronavirus
As the fight continues to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, more and more stories are coming out of the unimaginable physical and mental toll it is taking on the medics who are on the frontline.
And now heartbreaking footage has been shared showing a doctor bursting into tears after having to pull away from his son, for fear of passing on the deadly disease.
Dr Nasser Ali Al Shahrani, from Saudi Arabia, was returning home from a shift at King Salman Hospital in Riyadh, when his little boy ran towards him with his arms open wide.
In the clip, Dr Al Shahrani, still in his scrubs, puts his hands out and says, 'no, no', before crouching down and wiping tears from his eyes.
Speaking to Saudi newspaper Okaz, he said: "The aim of the clip was to make citizens and residents aware of hazards of the coronavirus and to comply with arrangements and instructions of the Health Ministry."
A Saudi doctor returns home from the hospital, tells his son to keep his distance, then breaks down from the strain. pic.twitter.com/0ER9rYktdT
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Dr Al Shahrani went on to explain how he and other health care professionals have had to create new routines to stop them from passing on the deadly disease to their family.
He added: "All colleagues should avoid approaching their children and families until they wash their hands and take the necessary precautions."
Yesterday (29 March), it was announced that a surgeon called Amged El-Hawrani had died after contracting Covid-19.
The 55-year-old NHS consultant was an ear, nose, and throat specialist surgeon working in University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB).
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He died on Saturday (28 March) in Leicester Royal Infirmary.
NHS England confirmed that he was the first frontline worker to die as a result of fighting the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Chief Executive of UHDB, Gavin Boyle, said: "I want to pay tribute to Mr Amged El-Hawrani, who has sadly passed away.
"He was known for his dedication and commitment to his patients. He had also raised funds for the hospitals, including climbing in the Himalayas with a group of friends some years ago. The whole UHDB family are desperately saddened at losing Amged who was such a valued and much loved colleague."
A spokesperson El-Hawrani's family said: "Amged was a loving and much-loved husband, son, father, brother, and friend.
"His greatest passions were his family and his profession, and he dedicated his life to both.
"He was the rock of our family, incredibly strong, compassionate, caring and giving. He always put everyone else before himself."
"Losing Amged is devastating for our family. Life without him is impossible to imagine but together, we will do all we can to honour his memory and live how he would have wanted us to."
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Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Dr Nasser Ali Al Shahrani
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