A NEW York City doctor, engaged to be wed in the United Kingdom this fall, says she’s told her family her “end of life wishes” in the event she contracts the coronavirus.
Deena Elkafrawi, 30, works as a gynecologist at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York City[/caption]
Elkafrawi and her fiancé, Richard Bayley, are set to get married in the United Kingdom in October[/caption]
“I feel like we are in a bloodless war and it’s heartbreaking,” she told Metro. “We all want to help the patients but there is no treatment.”
Elkafrawi said “going to work is very scary at the minute, and added: “I am scared that going to work could kill me. I just pray that if I get [the coronavirus] I can fight it.”
The 30-year-old said she’s told her family her “end of life wishes,” as fears she doesn’t know when she’ll see them again.
Doctors and nurses are working on the front lines to combat the coronavirus, and New York is the epicenter of the country’s outbreak.
Elkafrawi said the coronavirus pandemic feels ‘like we are in a bloodless war and it’s heartbreaking’[/caption]
The state has more than 76,000 positive cases, with nearly 1,200 deaths in New York City alone.
“I have seen people who are completely healthy drop dead like flies and I just don’t know how I’ll deal with it if I get the virus,” Elkafrawi told the news outlet.
“I might end up being just mildly ill, but if I do end up brain dead I don’t want to be put on a ventilator, or kept alive.”
She’s reportedly been working in the hospital’s maternity ward from 6pm to 6am for the past few weeks.
The doctor, pictured here in Central Park, fears that she might contract the coronavirus while working on the front lines[/caption]
Elkafrawi is set to be married to her fiancé, Richard Bayley, who lives in London, in the U.K. in October.
The pair is hoping their big day in Leicestershire won’t be affected by the coronavirus.
They speak every day, and Elkafrawi says Bayley is “worried sick” about his fiancée being in danger at work.
“He calls me everyday and is really concerned about me,” she said. “But it means a lot to know he cares so much.”
As for the coronavirus outbreak in New York, Elkafrawi says: “There is no end in sight and we are concerned at how bad it is going to get. I fear it will break us.”
“The worst is still to come and I don’t know how we are going to cope with that.”
“It’s pretty emotionally traumatic,” Elkafrawi said. “I have accepted there is only so much I can do to protect myself against this virus.”
“I’ve come to terms with the fact that if I’m meant to die — then I’ll die.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week health officials expect the peak of the coronavirus to hit the Empire State in the next 7 to 21 days.
Medics on the front lines in medical centers have been begging hospital administrators for more supplies to protect them.
‘I have seen people who are completely healthy drop dead like flies and I just don’t know how I’ll deal with it if I get the virus,’ Elkafrawi told Metro[/caption]
Bayley lives in London and ‘calls me everyday and is really concerned about me,’ the doctor said[/caption]
Kelley Cabrera, a nurse at the Jacobi Medical Center, also located in the Bronx, recently told the Daily News: “We just had a nurse who passed away over the weekend from this.”
“We are starting to see our own fall sick. Who’s going to replace us?”
“We’re on a suicide mission,” she said, adding “[President Donald] Trump has blood on his hands. I can’t be more blunt than that.”
On Saturday, Jacobi nurses held a rally demanding better equipment and more supplies after they were told to ration their N95 masks to use them for up to five days, and to wear a surgical mask on top of it.
Cabrera said what they’re being told to do would have been a fireable offense a year ago.
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On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City hospitals only had enough supplies to get through the week, until April 5.
“We have enough supplies to get to a week from today with the exception of ventilators. We’re going to need at least several hundred more ventilators very quickly,” de Blasio said on CNN.
“But we have otherwise the supplies to get to next Sunday. We are going to need a reenforcement by Sunday, April 5 in all categories, especially ventilators but in other areas as well. And personnel is becoming more and more the issue.”
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