US Reporter Breaks Down Crying During Report About Coronavirus Deaths
A US news reporter broke down in tears while reporting on coronavirus deaths.
CNN's Sara Sidner was overcome with emotion as she reported on a grieving Los Angeles family who had lost their mum and stepdad due to the virus.
Speaking to anchor Alisyn Camerota, Sidner said: "This is the tenth hospital that I have been in..." Before stopping briefly to compose herself.
She then apologised and continued: "This is the tenth hospital that I have been in and to see the way that these families have to live after this, and the heartache that goes so far and so wide..."
The report that left Sidner in tears centred around Juliana Jimenez Sesma who lost both her mum and stepdad just 11 days apart.
Her mother's funeral was held in a car park due to the restrictions in place.
A clearly emotional Sidner added: "It's just not OK what we're doing to each other.
"These families should not be going through this, no family should be going through this."
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While Camerota reassured Sidner there was no need to apologise for becoming upset, telling her that both viewers and her fellow reporters 'appreciated your heart and excellent reporting'.
Sidner has been flooded with support since the report and has spoken out about what had her in tears.
Writing in CNN, she said: "What moved me to tears was, at first, simply rage. Rage at those who won't take our ills seriously and those who are actively fighting against the truth.
"They are putting people's lives in danger."
She added: "I've now been to 10 hospitals trying to deal with the pandemic.
Not my proudest moment as a reporter. But I could not hold this back. https://t.co/ynhS4ovsYd- Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN) January 12, 2021
"I've witnessed people writhing in pain, gasping for breath and near death from COVID-19 in ICUs across the country.
"I've seen doctors and nurses with exhaustion written all over their faces still battling like the pandemic just began, though we are 12 months in.
"And then, as I make my way home and stop to pump gas, someone rolls their eyes at me and asks, 'Why are you wearing a mask?' Like it's me that's bonkers.
"Listening to Sesma's voice as the story played on air well before the LA dawn, I realised that she would wake up without her mother and stepdad because of coronavirus."
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