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Doctor who treated Orlando shooting victims shares heartbreaking hospital photo

2016-06-14
Orlando doctor Joshua Corsa MD shared photos from the aftermath of the Orlando massacre on her Facebook account yesterday (JUN 13). If pictures paint a thousand words, the poignant pictures of blood-soaked garments would fill a novel. The doctor, who was on call the night of the massacre, was tasked with saving the lives of the victims, in what was to be the most frantic, upsetting shift of her career. Describing the shoes he was wearing, he said: "On these shoes, soaked between its fibres, is the blood of 54 innocent human beings. "In these Rorschach patterns of red I will forever see their faces and the faces of those that gave everything they had in those dark hours." Source: Janet Collester Read the powerful statement in full below:
From the Facebook page of Joshua Corsa, M.D., Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida. These are my work shoes from Saturday night. They are brand new, not even a week old. I came to work this morning and saw these in the corner my call room, next to the pile of dirty scrubs. I had forgotten about them until now. On these shoes, soaked between its fibers, is the blood of 54 innocent human beings. I don't know which were straight, which were gay, which were black, or which were hispanic. What I do know is that they came to us in wave upon wave of suffering, screaming, and death. And somehow, in that chaos, doctors, nurses, technicians, police, paramedics, and others, performed super human feats of compassion and care. This blood, which poured out of those patients and soaked through my scrubs and shoes, will stain me forever. In these Rorschach patterns of red I will forever see their faces and the faces of those that gave everything they had in those dark hours. There is still an enormous amount of work to be done. Some of that work will never end. And while I work I will continue to wear these shoes. And when the last patient leaves our hospital, I will take them off, and I will keep them in my office. I want to see them in front of me every time I go to work. For on June 12, after the worst of humanity reared its evil head, I saw the best of humanity come fighting right back. I never want to forget that night. Dr. Joshua Corsa M.D, EMT-P Orlando Regional Medical Center Senior Resident, Department of Surgery Orlando Health Pulse Orlando
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