By Alex Glenn • 15 July 2021 • 10:08
Malaga ICU - "We have seen old people die, but now they are young people" Credit: Pixabay
An ICU medic in Malaga has spoken out. “We have seen old people die, but now they are young people,” said the professional who has fought constantly to save people’s lives during the pandemic.
“For a year and a half we have been adding deaths due to the pandemic. But before we saw old people dying, and now it’s young people” said a healthcare worker from the ICU unit of Malaga’s Regional Hospital.
Every life lost during the pandemic is a tragedy, but now hospitals in Spain are seeing patients that are younger and younger every day. Spain is now being hit with the fifth wave of the pandemic and cases continue to grow.
An ICU professional in Malaga spoke to Malaga Hoy. He told of his experiences during the pandemic where originally patients were mainly elderly people who had other serious conditions. In recent weeks though the professional has explained how Covid patients in the ICU have been younger and younger and they are dying.
“Covid is still killing. Now, unfortunately, it is killing younger and younger people without previous pathologies,” said the ICU health worker.
He spoke of one patient in the ICU that he was treating who had to be intubated. The man called his brother as he was ready to go on the ventilator. He wanted to say goodbye in case he never woke up again.
“He told him on the phone that he loved him, while squeezing my hand. I had to turn my face away so that he wouldn’t see that I was in tears, even though I have been working there for many years,” said the medic.
The medic has left a message of caution for people and said: “We are going through very hard times for people to take it as a joke. It infuriates me when I read that they have dismantled a botellon in the Martin Carpena or in the Peñon del Cuervo. Because I, who am young, see unconscious, sedated and intubated patients in the ICU who are younger than me.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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