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A doctor loses a patient; his anguish caught in a photo
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http://wgntv.com/2015/03/19/photographer-captures-apparent-moment-doctor-steps-outside-after-losing-a-19-year-old-patient/


A grainy, dark photo of a doctor slumped over after he was apparently unable to save a 19-year-old patient is going viral.

“An ER doctor steps outside after losing a 19-year old patient,” reads the caption on the photo posted to Reddit on Thursday.

NickMoore911, an EMT, wrote that a fellow EMT snapped the photo.

“The man pictured was unable to save one of his patients,” wrote Moore. “Though this is a common occurrence in our field of work, the patients we lose are typically old, sick, or some combination of the two. The patient that died was 19 years old, and for him, it was one of those calls we get sometimes that just hits you.”

Moore says he received permission to post the photo on Reddit, which has received over 3,500+ comments. He wanted to share it publicly because he believes it sheds light on what it’s like to be in a life-and-death profession.

Many other EMT workers shared similar stories in the comments.

“I think people should know that the care providers are just as human as the patients, and this shows that stronger than anything I’ve seen in a long while,” wrote Moore.

Moore hasn’t shared any details about who the doctor is, where the doctor works or what lead to the death of the teen. But he did explain what happened moments after the photo was taken.

“Within a few minutes, the doctor stepped back inside, holding his head high again.”
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I work at a hospital. I walk into work knowing that any patient of mine could go into cardiac arrest. Scares the living shit out of me, but I'm prepared perform CPR.
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You do good work if you sometimes help save lives with your job at a hospital.
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This is the type of field I want to work in... but I don't think I am prepared for it.. just yet.
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He probably should've gone back to his office, a private lounge, or into a restroom for that, but it's not a bad thing that he cares about his patients that much.
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I work in rescue, kids are the most depressing and terrifying to work. My worst call, I can still remember the mom's screams and cries as the kid was loaded into lifeflight.
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Working people are people, too. This is a sobering reminder of that. I have little tolerance for people who treat workers like crap. I find it astounding that so many people are willing to go out of their ways to make work harder for others. I am so done with customer service jobs.

Doctors have stressful jobs, contrary to what a lot of people seem to believe.
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This is deep man. Just looking at the picture is making me tear up a little.
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There are no words.
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You can't save everybody but you can try to save as many has you can.
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emanny-chan2713 wrote:

This is deep man. Just looking at the picture is making me tear up a little.


Orange?
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It's these pictures that make you think that no matter how many evil and bad people in this world there will always be people who try to help humanity rather than harm it. It brings tears to my nonexistent feels sack. Just remember that those evil terrorists groups don't make up all of humanity and people like this are more plentiful and no matter what those crappy megalomaniac news stations say about the bad things happening good thing are happening as well.


Tl;dr this guy restores faith in humanity.
Posted 3/20/15
I wonder what the cause of death was.. it is sad really.
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Yet another reason why I have to respect my dad being a surgeon.
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I'm still considering to go into the medical field, but I don't know if I want to face such a thing of losing a life. I guess I'm not strong enough to have something like that on my conscience. My grandmother's friend whom worked as a paramedic. One day something happen to where she gave up being a paramedic. She seen the worse, but she seen enough when she had to try to revive a three-four month old baby. The baby didn't make it, but what was worse of what happen to the baby. The parents were both drunk and driving. They manage to survive the crash, but not the baby. She was sick of them arguing like they didn't care what happen to their child. She gave up the medical field. I have no clue if I can face the same thing like her.
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