A recent photo of a veteran struggling to breathe has further highlighted the sheer devastation COVID-19 can bring.
Keep scrolling to see the harrowing picture for yourself...
Now, we're all aware that 2020 has been nothing short of terrible.
via: GettyCOVID-19 took the entire planet hostage back in March, and things have been nothing short of diabolical ever since.
Over 1 million people have tragically died from the virus as a result...
via: GettyAnd even more alarmingly so, the United States of America is the worst affected country in the world - with more than 360,000 deaths alone.
Of course, there's no denying how unprepared the entire world was for this pandemic...And Donald Trump's eagerness to tone down the virus didn't at all go to plan.
And even when the president tested positive for COVID himself in October...He continued to play it down and insist that we can simply "live with the virus."
This was extremely alarming for many to hear from one of the most powerful leaders in the world...
@realDonaldTrump “Don’t let it dominate you!” It’s like Trump is saying the >210,000 who have died were weak, like… https://t.co/NQxMWCwa0k— MURRAY (@MURRAY)1601944995.0
Pharmaceutical organizations from all around the world have been working tirelessly to create a vaccine for months...
via: ShutterstockBut, to begin with, they didn't have much luck.
However, some amazing news was brought to us a couple of weeks ago.
The vaccine underwent its phase 3 study...
And as for the results?
via: GettyWell, they were looking that good that some countries started distributing the COVID vaccine out to their citizens a few weeks ago.
And over in the United Kingdom...
via: GettyThe first 800,000 doses of the vaccine have been getting steadily administered to eager patients from all across the country.
Last week, photos showing the first patients receiving the vaccine were quick to go viral...
This is 90-year-old Margaret Keenan. She just became the first person in Britain to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech Cov… https://t.co/EiQ6BNRIAc— The New York Times (@The New York Times)1607412903.0
Things are certainly looking up...And, if this vaccine is as effective as its researchers and developers have insisted, we could be looking at a normal reality in mere months.
However, people still continue to suffer.
via: GettyDespite the good news regarding the vaccine, there are still countless stories of death and tragedy as a result of the virus.
And this brings us back to the story of Michael Wright.Michael, from Newport, Minnesota, sadly lost his battle to COVID-19 last week.
Michael was diagnosed with the virus early in November...The veteran had a history of chronic bronchitis which, of course, made him high risk, his family explained on a GoFundMe page.
His condition quickly deteriorated...And he eventually developed pneumonia, which resulted in the gradual failure of his major organs.
And, last week, he tragically lost his battle."On December 8th, 2020 - the Lord carried Michael home to heaven," his family wrote. He leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, and his mother.
But Michael has left behind a unique legacy.Shortly before his death, the Star Tribune published a harrowing photograph of him in the hospital as he struggled to breathe.
Since his death, the photograph has been doing the rounds online...
@LeilaNavidi @bbierschbach Oh no. That photo was haunting. My heart hurts for his family.— Kathy (@Kathy)1607743327.0
It's needless to say that Michael's photograph has left a mark...
@LeilaNavidi @maddow Thank you for this picture. Photojournalism sometimes tells stories more vividly than words.… https://t.co/SBsXs60Tvr— gimme your waffle (@gimme your waffle)1607756731.0
@LeilaNavidi @saylehan Looking at this photo felt like an arrow through my heart. So sad his life was senselessly lost. So sad for everyone.— Julie Bollig (@Julie Bollig)1607792709.0
@LeilaNavidi My heart weeps. I have no words .— here2eternitiOG (@here2eternitiOG)1607753279.0
@LeilaNavidi @maddow ... worth more than a million words 💔🙏— ☘️ Linda B.. 😷 =NOSE + MOUTH (@☘️ Linda B.. 😷 =NOSE + MOUTH)1607761461.0
@LeilaNavidi @LukeORoark Heart breaking. Poor man.— Kelly Brady (@Kelly Brady)1607794514.0
@LeilaNavidi @jaketapper Powerful photo. Great work, even with the sad outcome. 💔— Terence Carter (MA, Media Studies) (@Terence Carter (MA, Media Studies))1607753384.0
@LeilaNavidi @jaketapper Gut wrenching. May Michael’s life forever be a blessing.— Dr. Susan Bernstein (@Dr. Susan Bernstein)1607785671.0
The photographer who took the image, Leila Navidi, tweeted:
via: Shutterstock"For those who remember my photo of Michael Wright struggling to breathe in the ICU last month, an update: He tragically lost his battle with COVID earlier this week. I hope that Michael's photo saved lives."