Recently, a selfie by Jacob Kiberman, an emergency doctor treating COVID-19 in Washoe County, Nevada, attracted the attention of American netizens.
In the photo, it seems that behind him is an underground parking lot and full of ventilators. Starting from the fall, the number of hospitalizations in Nevada soared, and the hospital’s intensive care unit was nearly full.
The hospital had to temporarily convert the two floors of the underground parking lot into a ward for intensive patients with COVID-19.
Before the critically ill patient was transferred here, Jacob Kiberman recorded his working photos here wearing a mask and protective clothing on his mobile phone, which was posted on social media.
Immediately after the photo was released, it triggered heated discussion and forwarding from netizens, including US President Trump, who said that “this is as false news as the election count results in Nevada”. This comment surprised many people. On the 3rd, Jacob Kiberman gave an interview to American TV News Network.
Selfie doctor: I never thought I would cure people in the parking lot.
“It’s not fake, I’m working here now.” Selfie doctor Jacob Kiberman responded that he was not only a doctor on the front line of the fight against COVID-19, but also the medical director of the hospital’s transfer and operation center.
He said that he never thought that one day he would work in the underground parking lot, which has now admitted more than 200 COVID-19 patients in their underground parking lot ward.
Jacob Kiberman, American doctor fighting COVID-19: I took this picture before the patient was transferred. It was both to comply with national laws and to respect the patient.
I will not take pictures of patients. We were just ready to go to the first patients and soon our first patient came and then we treated more than 200 patients in the parking lot and I never thought I would go to the parking lot to treat people.
The situation is very difficult now. We are all at the tipping point of collapse. Our medical staff are really tired. I was holding the hand of the patient with only one last breath left. It was so hard that we had to call their relatives and friends and tell them that the patient would not go home.