An intensive care unit doctor in Houston Texas who has treated coronavirus patients for more than 250 consecutive days is going viral for a simple act of compassion.
Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center, was captured embracing a man with COVID-19 while working in the ICU on Thanksgiving Day.
Dressed in full personal protective equipment (PEE), the photo, taken by a photographer hugging the man, whose face is hidden from the camera, his head nestled in the crook of Varon’s arm. One of the patient’s arms is seemingly wrapped around Varon, hugging him back.
"He was very sad because he's in a room where he knows nobody."