Dr Milind Baldi was on duty in a Covid-19 ward when a 46-year-old man was wheeled in with severe breathing difficulty.
The man was scared for his life and kept repeating one question: “Will I survive?”
The question was followed by a plea: “Please save me, I don’t want to die.”
Dr Baldi assured the man that he was going to do “everything possible to save him”.
These were the last words spoken between the two men. The patient was put on a ventilator, and died two days later.
The doctor, who works in a hospital in the central Indian city of Indore, vividly remembers the 30 “terrifying minutes” after the patient was brought to his hospital.
“He kept holding my hands. His eyes were full of fear and pain. I will never forget his face.”
His death deeply affected Dr Baldi. “It ate away my soul from inside and left a lacuna in my heart.”