The date dedicated to honoring doctors and doctors, but – more than ever, in a year in which humanity faces a pandemic – it should also be a day to celebrate life and give recognition to all those who have studied to fight for sade human, many of whom are now (yes, even on a full Sunday) in hospitals, laboratories, public and private units, here and around the world.
“We are limited as human beings, we have no guarantee of anything. We deal with death, suffering every day. We can never lose humanity, even through difficult times”
Samuel Pires de Moraes Teixeira, family and community doctor
Head of the gastroenterology service at Santa Casa BH, where he has worked for 38 years and clinical director of Hospital So Lucas, where he coordinates the intensive care center, Carlos Henrique has a very clear vision of the profession: medicine consumes you, I need to dedicate myself to it body and soul, combining scientific knowledge with humanism to deal with the disease and the emotional side of patients and their families ”, says the specialist, married to the intensive care physician and gastroenterologist Marisa Fonseca Magalhes and father of Ana Clara and Mariana.
Born in Carvalhos, in the South of Minas, and trained in Pouso Alegre, in the same region, Carlos Henrique dispels the myth that MDIC they are cold at heart, especially those who work at the ICU. “Not really. It is difficult not to get emotional every day, especially in this pandemic time. I think this 18th of October needs to be celebrated, as we are in a crusade that belongs to everyone, and has not yet ended. Our feeling must be one of thanks for every life saved. ”
“I am privileged to work in a place that has become a field hospital in Belo Horizonte. The applause goes to everyone involved in this fight”
Antnio Tarcsio de Faria Freire, specialist in medical practice
In new generations, the commitment to life remains unshakable. “I decided to study medicine basically to help others,” reveals Dbora Johnson, 30, who works in the emergency area at Hospital das Clnicas, Federal University of Minas Gerais (HC / UFMG), in Belo Horizonte. Formed in 2014, she believes that a date like this, even more in a difficult moment like the one that humanity is going through, serves to renew the chosen profession dedication and strengthen the care for patients. “A day to remember what we are capable of doing.”
Since she was a child, says Dbora, she knew of her gift to help others. In medicine, it could then expand it with the opportunity to heal, comfort and improve people’s quality of life. At HC / UFMG, which handles cases of high and medium complexity, including those of COVID-19, Dbora acts on the front line, providing the first care and stabilizing more serious patients. “It has been a period of a lot of emotional stress. We are adapting. I have been very reflective, thinking about the patients who are in isolation in the hospital and their families, the impact that this causes. No one expected such a situation, but the hospital managed to adapt quickly, creating a flow for care. ”
Also working on the front lines in health units in the city halls of Belo Horizonte and Betim, and in a private hospital in the neighboring city of the capital, Samuel Pires de Moraes Teixeira, 41, a specialist in family and community medicine, notes that the 18 of October has a very symbolic character, because it brings out the responsibility of the professional: “This day shows me that I chose the right path, I could not do anything different in life”.
For the Belo Horizonte man, married, two children and campaign director of the Minas Gerais Doctors’ Union, it is essential that the date be shared with health workers. “Everyone must be remembered. As they say, not all heroes wear a cape. ” It could not be more opportune to point out that, in this pandemic moment, the population knows that the heroes wear a lab coat. “We are limited as human beings, we have no guarantee of anything. We deal daily with death, with suffering, we can never lose humanity, even through difficult times ”.
Doctors suffer with every loss, with every tear shed. “The moments of suffering of others also hurt us. It is not easy at all, we are left with the sensitivity raised. At a time like this, we still need to keep the care extra. Even so, I can only say that medicine is a beautiful and unique profession. ”
Much more than dedicated to doctors, this Sunday should be the “day of the multidisciplinary team”, considers the clinician Antnio Tarcsio de Faria Freire, 61, a native of Alpinpolis, in the Southwest Region of the state and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Barbacena. Working in the Clinical Directorate and coordinating the medical assistance of the wards of Santa Casa BH, he sees this Sunday as “of all the professionals of the hospital”.
And he mentions, in addition to doctors, nursing professionals, employees and those in charge of cleaning, those who work in elevators and have direct contact with patients, social workers, speech therapists, physiotherapists “with extreme importance in this pandemic, taking care of ventilation mechanics (respirators), fundamental to guarantee the lives of patients “and also, he stresses,” the brilliant performance of our technical directorate and all administrative sectors “.
Tarcsio feels like a happy man. “I consider myself privileged to be a doctor and to work in a place that became the real ‘field hospital’ of Belo Horizonte during the pandemic, with an offer of 400 beds (between CTI, high oxygen flow unit and wards). I can assure you that, since March, when it all started, it hasn’t been anything distressing or tiring. We are here to help save lives. We live a pleasant experience, all of your collaboration. The applause, therefore, goes to those involved in this fight. ”
Divorced, father of a medical student and an administrator, Tarcsio observes that, in this period, “the victories overcome the failures” and, seven months after the beginning of the pandemic, he is sure that, more than ever, he chose the profession certain. “When I was a child, there in my beloved city, I observed the local doctor, Dr. Hlio Lopes, an example of the true clinician, and I had a deep admiration for his work. I grew up with it, followed that path and I’m happy ”is proud.
The date to honor doctors, October 18, was chosen in reference to St. Luke’s Day, the patron saint of the profession. He was born in Antioquia da Seria, was a doctor and was converted by the apostle So Paulo, from whom he became inseparable and faithful mission companion. He died in AD 84 in Thebes, Greece, and was buried in Italy.