Viewers were “broken” when a nurse spoke to the body of a 62-year-old man who died of coronavirus after beating cancer while washing him and pulling a shroud over his face.
The final episode of Channel 4 & # 39; s Surviving Covid followed the stories of four patients at London's King & # 39; s College Hospital who were struck by Covid-19 – including builder David.
His sweetheart and 42-year-old wife Gill refused to believe the worst was about to happen, but devastatingly, David didn't make it – and viewers were left with the harrowing image of his body covered by a shroud of CCU nurse Douglas Dillard, who said it was a "privilege" to be there in your "last moment".
& # 39; The care that is given to those on #survivingCOVID AND special attention is given to this gentle nurse who bathed and talked to David every step of the way after his death; is breathtaking. I hope the employees will have lifelong psychological support. It must be so difficult for them, ”wrote one viewer.
A second added: "The nurse who bathed David and spoke to him every step of the way after his peaceful death was simply breathtaking. I take off my hat to these amazing people."
In the final episode of Channel 4's harrowing film Surviving Covid, 62-year-old David (pictured) from the UK, who had overcome cancer, lost his battle with the coronavirus
David's wife and sweetheart Gill (pictured) refused to believe the worst was about to happen, but devastatingly, her husband failed
Viewers praised CCU nurse Douglas Dillard (pictured) who insisted on speaking to David as if he were alive to "show respect".
The film tracked David and his family over a six-month period and revealed an honest look at how devastating the effects of the Covid-19 virus can be.
Speaking to the cameras, Gill stated that when they first heard about coronavirus and the nation went into lockdown, they thought it was "just a story made up".
She added, "I would hate anyone who goes through this."
But David caught it in late January when his immune system was weakened from previous cancer treatment.
"He was diagnosed with cancer and we went on January 24th," Gill explained. “We started the conditioning treatment and the news was that he was cancer free.
But he went to the hospital with some bone marrow infections, which is normal, and then the Covid-19 hit him hard. We are confident and confident that he will make it. & # 39;
Gill (pictured right, Kelly left) stated that when they first heard about coronavirus, they thought it was "just a story made up".
Childhood loved ones (pictured) noted David's admission to intensive care was the longest they'd been apart in 48 years
In the comment section, one person wrote: "The nurse who bathed David and spoke to him at every step after his peaceful death was simply breathtaking" (picture)
Gill shared how David was diagnosed with cancer and they left on January 24th. After they started the conditioning treatment, the news was that he was cancer free. Pictured in the hospital
David's childhood sweetheart added that he went to the hospital with some bone marrow infections and then the Covid-19 hit him hard. Pictured in the hospital
And daughter Kelly went on to say she thought a full PPE personal visit would help.
“It's not a measurable science, unconditional love? But it has value, ”she said.
The Sweetheart Children found that David's admission to intensive care was the longest they'd been apart in 48 years.
Recalling the beginning of their relationship, Gill stated, "Our first dance together as boyfriend and girlfriend was Al Green's" Let's Stay Together. "I was 12. Then we got married when I was 17. We became parents a month before my 18th birthday.
We had no idea what we were doing. 48 years old, married 42. So yeah, that's really rare these days. & # 39;
Speaking to the cameras about David's admission to intensive care, she added, “I hope you come from yourself, you come from within, you come from your family. He has plans. & # 39;
David's daughter Kelly said she thought a full PPE visit in person would help. Pictured with David and Gill
Gill was sitting by husband David's side (pictured) when his machines were turned off and said she couldn't believe he was gone
Tragically, however, David deteriorated and "reached the end of what the ICU could offer him".
"There are a lot of small hurdles that we don't quite overcome," said Dr. Hurst.
After gently explaining that David was showing no signs of recovery, she said, “I know what they are going to say, they need to prepare you. I'm not ready to be prepared yet because there is a struggle in it. & # 39;
Gill sat by David's side when his machines were turned off and said that she couldn't believe he was gone.
"It never occurred to me that he wouldn't make it," she said. "He was only 62 years old."
In the next scene, CCU nurse Douglas was seen cleaning David's body and talking to him like he was still alive.
As he spoke to David, he said, “Right, David, I'm just going to take your blanket off there. I'll just wash you a little. Just dry your neck and shoulders. & # 39;
Douglas said to the cameras, “I've been looking after him for the last three shifts in a row. I always washed it in the morning. We call this last offices. We just treat them like they've been there before – there's no change. We still talk to them just to show respect. I've taken care of him so much that I feel I know him. & # 39;
Viewers quickly used social media to express their heartfelt condolences to David's family (picture).
Because of the intensity of the situation, it's always life and death – that's how you get to know them really well.
"When they recover, it's a real privilege to be there, and even in death it's a privilege to be there because it's their last moment."
Elsewhere, volunteer Helen Chown, whose job it is to record the names of the deceased in the hospital chapel's memorial book, added: “It's a bit of a shock to my system to write many, many names on the same day. & # 39;
And heartbroken viewers who tuned in were quick to express their deepest condolences to David's family and loved ones – and one even described it as "mandatory viewing" to warn of the harsh reality of the virus.
& # 39; Surviving Covid on Ch4 is brutal, heartbreaking stuff. I was so hoping David would make it, ”one wrote while another wrote,“ Every patient and their families have to deal with long-term life-changing effects. The brilliant NHS staff provide the most dedicated and caring treatment. It should be mandatory. & # 39;
A third added, "The tender care and love shown to David when he was put in the body bag," while a fourth wrote, "#survivingCOVID was so hard to watch, deeply moving, best wishes presented to everyone, RIP David. & # 39;
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