A video of a doctor from Saudi Arabia breaking down in tears after having to refuse his son a hug has gone viral on Twitter.
The doctor, still dressed in his scrubs, comes home as his small child runs toward him with open arms. The doctor takes a step back and urges his son to stay away from him, before kneeling on the ground in tears.
“I’m not crying you’re crying,” Twitter user @akkitwts wrote, along with the video.
People online found the video to be “heartbreaking” and representative of what the healthcare professionals, who are currently on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, are going through.
“This is the face of sacrifice. We owe our medical professionals more than we can ever give,” user @Portland_Chris wrote.
Some found the video relatable and spoke about their own experiences of having medical professionals in their families.
“I totally get it. My wife goes through this every single day. It’s heartbreaking but that is the life we live. Our daughter is immune compromised to make things worse,” user @FantomSolace2 shared.
The U.S. is now the country with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, with over 100,000. Doctors and hospitals across the nation have reported medical supply shortages and overflowed hospitals.
New York City, which is currently the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S., had to build a makeshift morgue as its death toll continues to rise. Some of those among the dead are healthcare professionals.
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H/T India Today