Doctor hugs COVID-19 patient who cried after missing his wife on Thanksgiving Day

Doctor hugs COVID-19 patient who cried after missing his wife on Thanksgiving Day

- An elderly man in the US had been hauled up in the COVID unit of a local hospital

- During Thanksgiving holiday, the unnamed patient badly wanted to see his wife so he got out of bed and started crying

- Joseph Varon, a doctor in the hospital, saw him and gave the man a warm and assuring hug

- The medic was dressed in full PPE

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Doctor hugs COVID-19 patient who cried after missing his wife on Thanksgiving Day

Joseph Varon was torn when he saw his patient crying. Photo: Go Nakamura
Source: UGC

An old man from the US suffering from COVID-19 had missed his wife dearly after spending days at the hospital.

Thanksgiving Holiday was upon him and all he wanted to do was to see the love of his life. Sadly, the pandemic had other plans.

The anguish drove the elderly man to tears as he tried to get over the heartbreak.

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Joseph Varon, a doctor at the facility, was torn to pieces when he saw the patient in tears and decided to risk it all and give him a warm and kind hug.

The medic was dressed in full PPE and chose to comfort the ICU patient during the emotional holiday.

Photographer Go Nakamura captured the devastating scene.

“While walking through the COVID unit, I saw an elderly patient out of his bed. He was trying to leave the room,” Joseph narrated to CNN.

When the doctor approached the man to inquire why he was out of bed, the patient answered:

“I want my wife.”

After a while, the elderly man calmed down and stopped sobbing.

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The robot named Cira-03 is able to perform tasks like drawing blood samples, taking body temperatures and collect samples for COVID-19 testing using swabs.

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The robot can be operated remotely and as such, is effective at reducing exposure of medics to highly infectious patients.

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