[GUIDE] ‘We gave him the best chance’: Jewish doctor faced with COVID-19 patient covered in swastika tattoos tweets about his experience – Reviews

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The surge in coronavirus cases is proving very challenging for frontline health care workers– and especially for one Northern California emergency room doctor.

Bay Area native and part-time doctor at UCSF, Dr. Taylor Nichols, spoke with ABC News about his recent encounter with a COVID-19 patient, adorned with swastika and Nazi tattoos on his chest.

Dr. Nichols, who is Jewish, explains how he and his team, a Black nurse and an Asian respiratory therapist at a Sacramento-area hospital, worked to treat the man just like they would any other coronavirus patient.

« We all knew what he thought of us. How he valued our lives. Yet here we were, working seamlessly as a team to make sure we gave him the best chance to survive that we could, » he tweeted Monday.

« I see the SS tattoo and think about what he might think about having a Jewish physician taking care of him now, or how much he would have cared about my life if the roles were reversed. »

Nichols posted a series of tweets about the encounter, detailing how the patient pleaded with the medical team, « Don’t let me die, doc. »

He says he’s encountered patients like this before, « the swastikas, the racists, » and always feels « a bit shaken. »

However, Nichols affirms it doesn’t change his mindset, saying « I went into this job wanting to save lives. »

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[GUIDE] ‘We gave him the best chance’: Jewish doctor faced with COVID-19 patient covered in swastika tattoos tweets about his experience – Reviews
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