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Brazil: Paraplegic doctor treats COVID-19 patients in Mossoro despite disability02:31

Brazil: Paraplegic doctor treats COVID-19 patients in Mossoro despite disability

Brazil, Mossoro
May 24, 2020 at 04:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

As Brazil's coronavirus cases continue to grow, 39-year-old paraplegic doctor in Mossoro's Wilson Rosado Hospital, who has been treating patients with respiratory symptoms, shared his experience of fighting the disease, Saturday.

Dr. Heider Irinaldo Ferreira had to take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, changing his wheelchair in the hospital and disinfecting it when he returns home.

"Accessories like the wheelchair ones are easier to contaminate, like the wheels, and other parts of the chair. But I try to be careful in disinfection so that I don't get infected and I do my part the best I can," he said.

Despite the challenges, Dr. Ferreira remains committed to helping the country's fight against the virus, some weeks after Europe saw its cases peak.

"The influx of people in hospitals is increasing and the positive cases are increasing. It's something that has to be closely analysed so that I could try to improve it," he said.

The doctor also commented on the prospects of an anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, which has been endorsed by US President Donald Trump, who claims he has been taking the drug for multiple weeks.

"We have to see pros and cons with how the product affects heart issues, since they can get worse if they take chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine," he commented.

Brazil's confirmed cases currently stand at 347,398 with 22,013 deaths related to the virus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, without widespread testing yet deployed.

Brazil: Paraplegic doctor treats COVID-19 patients in Mossoro despite disability02:31
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As Brazil's coronavirus cases continue to grow, 39-year-old paraplegic doctor in Mossoro's Wilson Rosado Hospital, who has been treating patients with respiratory symptoms, shared his experience of fighting the disease, Saturday.

Dr. Heider Irinaldo Ferreira had to take additional precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, changing his wheelchair in the hospital and disinfecting it when he returns home.

"Accessories like the wheelchair ones are easier to contaminate, like the wheels, and other parts of the chair. But I try to be careful in disinfection so that I don't get infected and I do my part the best I can," he said.

Despite the challenges, Dr. Ferreira remains committed to helping the country's fight against the virus, some weeks after Europe saw its cases peak.

"The influx of people in hospitals is increasing and the positive cases are increasing. It's something that has to be closely analysed so that I could try to improve it," he said.

The doctor also commented on the prospects of an anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, which has been endorsed by US President Donald Trump, who claims he has been taking the drug for multiple weeks.

"We have to see pros and cons with how the product affects heart issues, since they can get worse if they take chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine," he commented.

Brazil's confirmed cases currently stand at 347,398 with 22,013 deaths related to the virus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, without widespread testing yet deployed.

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