Imagine that you are a doctor in a well run Norwegian hospital. You travel around the world, where many corona deaths occur daily.
As a very pregnant and corona sick woman, one can refuse to enter the hospital.
Monica Tallinger, 42, of Norway, Peru, saw this while working in the Middle East, Yemen, under the auspices of the MSF. He stayed for two and a half months and returned home.
– The situation is much worse when it comes to the corona in Yemen. I got there in March, and then we went over the basket with infections. They had their first wave last summer, so this is their second wave, he tells Good Morning Norway.
MSF has opened a hospital in Aden where they treat critically ill patients. Monica says they experienced a huge increase in patients each day.
– Had to expand with new beds every day. We started with 25 regular beds and eleven intensive beds. We finished with 80 beds and 14 intensive beds.
With the exception of the Red Cross, which had a clinic for mild illness, his team only treated critically ill individuals and critically ill patients in the area.
– And when there is only one offer for many, you can imagine how much will be needed.
Watch the full interview at the top of the case!
Lack of oxygen
Recently, the news film has been marked by the lack of oxygen in India, which is leading to the loss of many lives. The doctor said that Yemen also has this problem.
– This is a big challenge. Obviously, getting oxygen in countries with limited resources is a big problem internationally. Now during corona infections, when you get multiple patients at once, getting enough is the biggest challenge, he says and continues:
– We had a huge logistics system to get oxygen. At our hospital, we used 600 cylinders daily. The weight of a cylinder is 60 kilograms and the height is 150 centimeters, so there is a high amount of oxygen. It was put into circulation within the hospital.
Monica has made no secret of what she considers to be the hardest day of work in Yemen.
– This is definitely scary. Now I have worked at MSF for many years, so I work that way. You work very technically and professionally while you are there. You can do nothing else. But of course we humans, it affects all the patients we see the most. It was hard and the reactions would often come in the afternoon and evening, after I got home.
Recovered pregnant woman
There is a story that had an additional impact on Monica in particular. A sunshine story that can end in a completely different way.
In Yemen, pregnancy with corona is at high risk. One day, a 29-year-old woman in Permia had a third pregnancy.
– She came in and was seriously ill. She ended up in the intensive care unit – she only escaped from being admitted to the hospital.
Monica realized she just had to act fast. Since the woman was in the 37th week of pregnancy, the 42-year-old knew the baby had a better chance of survival if the baby was taken out.
– The problem is that everything is closed by hospitals. The general hospital that does the cesarean, will not get her, and no one will get her alone. All and all banning of corona handling.
At the last minute, Monica arranged with another MSF hospital to handle the trauma surgery. The woman was taken there, where a gynecologist performed a caesarean section while the Norwegian doctor was taking care of the anesthesia.
– Then we had a healthy baby. Fortunately, the mother came out very well after the baby was expelled from the womb because she could breathe easily later.
Today there is a little girl named Monica in Yemen.
– I am very humble. He is so happy to have a baby named after him. Above all, it is good to see the mother and baby healed and what they have helped.