‘They know they’re dying’– doctor describes coronavirus patients final moments ‘It is as if they are drowning’


A doctor has described the last moments of coronavirus patients, saying they remain lucid until the end and ask to talk to their loved ones by phone as they realise they are dying.

Dr Cortellaro told Italian newspaper Il Giornale:

“You know what’s most dramatic? Seeing patients dying alone, listening to them as they beg you to say goodbye to their children and grandchildren.”

“Patients arrive on their own, and “when they are about to die, they sense it”.

“Your lungs fill with a sticky mucus.”

“They are lucid, they do not go into narcolepsy. It is as if they were drowning, but with time to understand it.

“A dying grandmother had recently asked her to see her granddaughter.”

“I pulled out the phone and called her on video. They said goodbye. Soon after she was gone.

“By now I have a long list of video calls. I call it a farewell list.”


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