Many hospitals around the world are absolutely overfilled with coronavirus patients, and the overworked staff is doing all it can to help each and every one of them. But hearing about it and actually seeing it are two different things – and Houston-based photojournalist Go Nakamura wants to show the true reality of doctors fighting COVID-19 at the United Memorial Medical Center.
The man has visited UMMC over 20 times since May and has taken numerous heartbreaking photographs during that time.
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#1 Nov. 26. Dr Joseph Varon Comforts A Patient With Coronavirus Disease. I Am Grateful To Witness A Wonderful Moment And I Thank All The Medical Staffs For Their Hard Work Even During The Holiday Season
#2 Members Of The Medical Staff Rest In The Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit At The United Memorial Medical Center On July 2 In Houston
There are some pretty strict rules when it comes to taking pictures in the COVID ward. Go had to wear full personal protective equipment, and couldn’t take any pictures that would identify the patient. “When I go into the Covid ward with the doctor, he asks the patient for me if I can come in with him. Many of the patients are unconscious, but those who are conscious will say no or yes,” explained the photographer. “Those who say no, I wait outside. For those that say yes, I have been strictly instructed that I should not take a picture of the faces of the patients, so every time I take a picture, I hide their faces behind the devices, IV pumps or electrocardiograms. I think if I could just show the faces of the patients, it would be a much stronger photo and much easier for me to frame. So it is a challenge.”
#3 A Medical Staff Member Grabs A Hand Of A Patient To Reposition The Bed In The Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit On Oct. 31 In Houston
#4 Members Of The Medical Staff Treat A Patient Who Is Wearing A Helmet-Based Ventilator In The Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit On July 28 In Houston
“It is very rough inside. I am not a medical specialist, so I am not used to seeing the harsh stuff,” says the photographer. “Sometimes I want to cover my eyes, but I have to take the photo, and I want the people to know how others are struggling — of course the patients but also the medical workers.”