The unreported heartbreak of the Wuhan virus*

Empty Emergency Rooms Worry Doctors as Heart Attack, Stroke ...

A transplant patient enters the hospital for a problem unrelated to the Wuhan virus. While there, he develops a complication and is wisked to the transplant unit. Because of Covid-19, his wife and family are not permitted to visit him even though none of them is ill. All encounters are electronic. They never see, touch, or hug him again as he passes away in total isolation because he had the bad luck of getting sick during the Wuhan virus hysteria and the hospital’s no visitation policy in response to prevent spread of the Wuhan virus. No exceptions, even for a dying man.

An elderly pastor has a terrible motorcycle accident and is airlifted to the neurosurgical ICU at Level 1 trauma center. The weeks pass and he shows slow, but steady improvement. He is transferred to a specialty care outpatient facility to continue his recovery. While in the hospital, although he is critically injured, only one person, his elderly wife, can visit him briefly. His daughter must stay outside the hospital. At the outpatient specialty facility, no one can visit him. They must peer in through an outside window or communicate via a nurse holding a cell phone or tablet. The family watches a steady stream of staff, workers, delivery people, maintenance personnel, and other enter and leave the building every day, while they cannot see their husband/father/grandfather.

Published by rtbosshardt

I am a plastic surgeon, in practice for 30 years, with varied interests. First and foremost is writing. I love to observe people, who are endlessly fascinating. I have interests in health and wellness, our environment, modern culture, history, and general medical matters. I was "born to run" and love long distance running. I have a Christian worldview which infuses everything I do. I hope this blog will be interesting, entertaining, informative, and, perhaps, even a little controversial. If I can get one person to delve more deeply into something I have said, I will have been successful.

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