‘People just blind themselves to the reality’: Doctor makes passionate video in COVID-19 fight
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A video featuring a Lowcountry doctor giving an impassioned speech brought an inside look at one hospital’s battle with COVID-19.
Dr. Ken Stock, a staff infectious disease physician at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, was overcome with emotion in several instances in the video posted to the healthcare’s Facebook page as Stock related experiences of his past with that of today’s struggle against the coronavirus.
“I’ve never served or had to serve in the military, so I don’t know what it’s like to have a gun pointed at my head..... but I do know what death and destruction looks like,” said Stock who became a doctor because of HIV and AIDS, and saw the “horrible” effects of the disease including “good people dying alone.”
Stock said the subject of COVID is filled with so much politics that people are not seeing what’s actually happening.
“COVID unfortunately is fraught with so much politics that people just blind themselves to the reality of what’s going on,” Stock said. “When you see every day on CNN, 640,000 people have died, people just dismiss it. They rationalize it away. They do what I do every day to get through the day, and we lose a little of our humanity.”
Last week, Roper officials reported that they had reached a new record number of inpatients being treated for COVID-19 with 157 inpatients in the system’s four hospitals. Roper St. Francis officials also said their ICU was at capacity but they were still able to take patients.
“Frontline healthcare providers live in two worlds. Outside of the hospital walls, nearly everything appears to be normal. Inside, they are in the fight of their lives alongside record numbers of our neighbors, family and friends who are struggling to live,” Roper St. Francis officials said in a message that accompanied Stock’s video.
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