It's a heartwrenching watch...
A twin's worst nightmare came true...
via: Getty ImagesA doctor had to watch his identical twin brother be rushed into hospital with coronavirus complications.
And the events the followed were even more terrifying.
via: Getty ImagesWe can't imagine what he must have been going through.
Many wouldn't believe that we're still living through a global pandemic...
via: GettyBut believe it or not, we still are.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been dominating headlines over the last few weeks...
via: GettyWhich is exactly what should be happening, of course.
But it seems that many people have forgotten that a global pandemic has seized the entire world...
via: GettyAnd even though numbers of infections are steadily dropping in many countries, our country continues to be the worst affected.
There are currently over 2 million actives cases of the virus here in America.
via: GettyIt just doesn't seem to be phasing people anymore.
Many individuals seem to be forgetting that the virus is passed on through close contact...
Grow the hell up. Wear a mask. Look out for each other. It's not all about you. https://t.co/KLcrfkwXrJ— Elizabeth Hackett (@Elizabeth Hackett)1591910999.0
This is why many government officials have stressed the importance of wearing facemasks in public spaces...
via: GettyBecause even though they can't protect a person fully from catching or spreading the virus, they lower that chance significantly.
In many parts of the world, it is now mandatory to wear a form of facial covering in public...
Wear. A. Mask. It’s not about you, it’s a courtesy to others. And it saves lives. https://t.co/P3lmigxpgp— Mark Pocan (@Mark Pocan)1591830301.0
But regardless of this...
The coronavirus is not under control: America’s shifting Covid-19 epidemic in five charts https://t.co/hhJoOhNqTI https://t.co/Ad5ZJZXHSx— Bloomberg (@Bloomberg)1593377705.0
It just seems that many of us aren't learning...
via: GettyAnd more and more lives are being put at risk because of this.
Of course, healthcare workers are continuing to work harder than ever to save lives...
via: GettyAnd that's not just here in America... it's happening all around the world where infection rates continue to climb.
In the UK, the most terrifying story has emerged.
via: GettyDr Chris van Tulleken, who was working for on the frontlines of the UK's National Health Service (NHS), received a devastating call about his twin brother.
The infectious diseases doctor has been working at a hospital in central London, returning to medicine after a decade amid the pandemic.
via: BBC OneBut he never expected to see his identical twin during this time.
After witnessing the horrifying effects of the virus on patients...
via: BBC OneDr. Chris' worst nightmare came true when his twin brother Dr Xand, had been rushed to hospital.
Dr. Xand, who has a background in humanitarian medicine, had been displaying the classic symptoms of the virus.
via: BBC OneIncluding a fever, loss of taste, and a persistent cough.
While recovering from coronavirus, Dr. Xand started suffering from complications.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding heart palpitations.
After waking up at 3 am in a panic, Dr. Xand felt incredibly unwell and sick
via: BBC OneThe palpitations got so bad that he required urgent medical care.
After running some tests, doctors discover his heart was beating irregularly and his blood pressure was low.
via: BBC One"It's like my heart is doing a marathon and I'm sat here doing nothing," said Dr. Xand.
Doctors then made the decision to give Dr. Xand a huge electric shock.
via: BBC OneThe shock stopped his heart completely with the aim of allowing it to restart naturally.
But for Dr. Chris, watching his twin goes through this was a terrifying ordeal.
via: BBC OneDr. Chris said that at the time, he wasn't sure his brother's heart would even start again.
"When you're a twin, we're not telepathic, but Xand is half my identity. There's no one I'm closer to," explained Dr. Chris.
via: BBC One"Oh f***," screams Xand as he is shocked and jolts back on the bed."
After being shocked, Dr Xand. flatlines...
via: BBC OneBut, after a few agonizing seconds, his heart restarts again. Dr Chris admitted: "I wasn't expecting the flatline for so long afterwards. It wasn't nice watching it being done."
After waking up, Dr. Xand thanked the staff for saving his life.
via: BBC OneSince the cameras stopped rolling in early May, Dr. Xand has had another episode of extreme heart palpitations and was admitted to hospital again.
The doctors performed the same electric shock treatment...
via: TwitterAnd luckily he was discharged the same day.
Watch the terrifying footage below:
The tense moment when your identical twin flatlines in A&E, as a result of treatment for the ongoing after-effects… https://t.co/7h9W2NN6HQ— BBC Press Office (@BBC Press Office)1596639708.0