'It's too late': Alabama doctor shares final moments of Covid patients, urges vaccination

Dr. Brytney Cobia said patients dying from Covid-19 have begged for the vaccine. 'I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late.'

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“One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late,' a doctor in Alabama said while urging Covid-19 skeptics to get vaccinated.

Dr. Brytney Cobia said patients dying from Covid-19 have begged for the vaccine. 'I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late.'

this week for Covid-19 skeptics to get vaccinated — unlike some of her patients who paid the ultimate price.Dr. Brytney Cobia’s impassioned and sobering Facebook post from Sunday has been widely circulated on social media. The Birmingham physician said people are listening to her first-hand accounts of treating critical patients who regret never getting inoculated.

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“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections. One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late," she wrote.

Dr. Brytney Cobia is a Hospitalist Physician at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.Courtesy Dr. Brytney Cobia"A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.” headtopics.com

Cobia’s post was shared about 4,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon.She also wrote in the post about difficult interactions with people who have lost loved ones to the deadly disease.July 21, 202102:11“They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu,’” Cobia wrote.

“But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives.”Cobia declined a request for an interview on Wednesday, telling NBC News via text that she’s been receiving “threatening messages.”

“I’m a little (ie a lot) overwhelmed and I just need to step back right now,” Cobia said.Cobia toldAL.comthat treating patients with coronavirus, even those who chose to not get a vaccine, tugs at her heart strings.“You kind of go into it thinking, ‘Okay, I’m not going to feel bad for this person, because they make their own choice,’” Cobia said.

“But then you actually see them, you see them face to face, and it really changes your whole perspective, because they’re still just a person that thinks that they made the best decision that they could with the information that they have, and all the misinformation that’s out there,” she told the news outlet. headtopics.com

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Alabama has thelowest-vaccination ratesin the country. Only 38 percent of the state’s population has gotten at least one vaccine dose and just 31 percent are fully vaccinated as of Tuesday, according to state statistics. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases in Alabama has increased by 694, an uptick of 573 percent.

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