“I have never experienced, and have no words, for what I just experienced in El Paso, Texas,” said the nurse, who left her assignment early as she could not bear to watch any more patients die.
As the world witnesses a political tussle between the current US president and the president-elect, the country is grappling with a second wave of COVID infections that has overwhelmed the healthcare system, yet again. A travelling nurse currently working in Texas took to social media to reveal some horrific details about the way hospitals are allegedly handling the mose serious cases of coronavirus patients.
According to the New York Post, registered nurse Lawanna Rivers described her time working at the University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, through a Facebook Live video that lasted for about 50 minutes. The traveling nurse was assigned to work at a room in the hospital she referred to as the “The Pit.”
According to Rivers, the room was meant for the coronavirus patients who had it the worst. She added that they received minimal treatments and were practically left to die. “I saw a lot of people die that I felt like shouldn’t have died. Out of all the codes that we had there, there’s not a single patient that made it,” said the distressed nurse, according to the New York Post.
The nurse explained that they were instructed to give only three rounds of CPR to each patient in the “The Pit.” With limited efforts and treatments, the patients eventually passed away.
“My first day at orientation, I was told that whatever patients go into the pit, they only come out in a body bag,” recounted the nurse during the live video, according to Business Insider. Rivers, clearly disturbed by what she had witnessed in the “The Pit” further accused the hospital of not giving more attention to COVID-19 patients. She also called out those doctors who avoided treating pandemic patients.
Recalling her experience, Rivers said she had asked a physician for help after a patient was bleeding profusely. But despite her repeated requests, the doctor said they didn’t enter the room to avoid contracting the virus.
However, some were given preferential treatment stated Rivers. “The nurse that orientated me had one patient, she was called the ‘VIP’ patient, she was a doctor’s wife. They pulled out all the stops for that woman — there was nothing that they didn’t do for that woman. And guess what? She was the one patient that made it out of that ICU alive,” she said.
She also revealed a dead body was placed in her unit after the hospital ran out of space in the morgue.
“The morgue was so full of bodies that they had ran out of room, so once the doors opened to the pit they come wheeling in a body already in a bag,” she said. “Lined them up with the rest of our alive patients, because they had to store the body in there, because the morgue was out of room. They’ve had to bring in freezer trucks because there’s so many bodies,” she added, according to Business Insider.
Shocked by her time at the hospital, the woman claimed, “I have never experienced, and have no words, for what I just experienced in El Paso, Texas.” She added, “If those doctors there would aggressively treat those patients from the beginning, a lot more would make it.”
The nurse stated that she left her assignment early as she could not bear to watch any more patients die. “I’ve seen so many deaths in this last month than I’ve seen in my entire 13-year career,” said Rivers.
The hospital, on the other hand, released a statement saying they “cannot fully verify the events expressed.” Meanwhile, they confirmed Rivers was posted at the hospital briefly.
“We empathize and sympathize with the difficult, physical, and emotional toll that this pandemic takes on thousands of healthcare workers here and throughout our country,” read the statement.