A doctor has shared a confronting post about the reality of not getting vaccinated for coronavirus, revealing the desperate act of patients before they are intubated.
Dr Brytney Cobia, from the US state of Alabama, is warning people to get the jab after seeing young patients lose their battle with Covid after refusing a vaccination.
She said she had made a lot of progress in encouraging people to get vaccinated after telling stories of young healthy people being admitted to hospital as the illness takes hold.
"One of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine," she said in a sobering Facebook post.
"I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late.
"A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honour their loved one is to go and get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same."
Dr Cobia said the families cry and explain they were in denial about the severity of the virus.
"They tell me they didn't know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought that because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin colour they wouldn't get as sick," she said.
"They thought it was 'just the flu', But they were wrong."
Dr Cobia said many wished they could go back, but they couldn't.
"They thank me and they go and 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," she added.
"It's not too late, but some day it might be."
Mum reveals son's last words before Covid death
A woman who commented on the post thanked the doctor for encouraging people to get vaccinated before sharing her son's tragic last words.
"My son said, 'this is not a hoax', right before he was intubated," she wrote.
"Fifty days later, he died at age 28. My heart has been completely broken ever since."
The mother said she and her daughter also had Covid and she had been on oxygen since she was admitted to hospital on March 12.
"I've finally been given the go-ahead to be vaccinated ... our appointment can't get here fast enough," she said.
"Please continue your mission ... I will do the same. One more life saved is one less life lost."
The US has recorded the most deaths in the world as a result of Covid, with more than 625,000 deaths.
According to the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), almost 162 million people in the US have been fully vaccinated, nearly 50 per cent of the total population.
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