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In pics: Mumbai doctor recounts harrowing COVID-19 surge

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The recent coronavirus surge in India affected young people on a scale his team of critical care doctors hadn’t previously seen. Dr Toraskar and his team of ICU doctors are still drained from the incredibly challenging last few months

Dr Kedar Toraskar hasn’t been able to sleep much over the last few months. His mind would constantly turn to the young COVID-19 patients fighting for their lives in the ICU ward he oversees at Wockhardt Hospital in the western Indian city of Mumbai. Pictured here: Dr Kedar Toraskar, centre, head of critical care, checks on a COVID-19 patient in the ICU ward at the Mumbai Central Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai.
India is slowly emerging from the darkest days of the pandemic. After declining last year, cases began surging in March, surpassing 400,000 new infections per day in May. The impact was immediate — hospitals were overwhelmed with patients struggling to breathe..
New cases are now declining, but the toll wrought by the pandemic on doctors, nurses and other front-line workers is still emerging. Pictured here: Dr Kedar Toraska speaks on the phone with a family member of a COVID-19 patient at the Mumbai Central Wockhardt Hospital on June 4, 2021.Dr. Kedar Toraskar, head of critical care, speaks on the phone with a family member of a COVID-19 patient at the Mumbai Central Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, India, June 4, 2021. The recent coronavirus surge in India affected young people on a scale his team of critical care doctors hadn’t previously seen. Toraskar and his team of ICU doctors are still drained from the incredibly challenging last few months. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
The recent coronavirus surge in India affected young people on a scale his team of critical care doctors hadn’t previously seen. 
Toraskar and his team of ICU doctors are still drained from the incredibly challenging last few months.
Dr Kedar Toraskar gets ready to operate on a COVID-19 patient at the Mumbai Central Wockhardt Hospital.
Dr. Kedar Toraskar, head of critical care, center, operates on a COVID-19 patient at the Mumbai Central Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, India, June 5, 2021. The recent coronavirus surge in India affected young people on a scale his team of critical care doctors hadn’t previously seen.
Dr Kedar Toraskar prepares his protective suit before entering the ICU ward of a COVID-19 patient.
Dr Kedar Toraskar, head of critical care, right, catches up with his wife Dr Nameeta Toraskar, who works in a different hospital at the cafeteria of Mumbai Central Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai.
More than 700 doctors lost their lives in the latest surge, the Indian Medical Association said last week.
Toraskar and his team of ICU doctors worked 14 hours at a stretch on most days. At times, the hospital ran out of beds. “Some of our own relatives couldn’t get a bed in our ICU,” he said.

Source: https://www.cnbctv18.com/photos/healthcare/in-pics-mumbai-doctor-recounts-harrowing-covid-19-surge-9689001-2.htm

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