A nurse who has been treating hundreds of COVID-19 patients since the pandemic began was unable to save her husband from the deadly disease, and could do nothing but watch him die.
Viviane Sozzi, 33, works as a nursing technician at a hospital in Brazil.
The country currently has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, sitting at 3.8 million cases, just behind the US.
Mrs Sozzi was on duty in the emergency ward when her husband walked through the door.
“I saved lives, but not his,” she told national newspaper G1.
Alan Sozzi, 39, went to the emergency ward twice.
The first time his wife was on duty, and she was able to help him. He was soon sent home.
“On that day he was admitted to the hospital, I was on duty there,” Mrs Sozzi said.
“He was seen and then released for treatment at home.”
But over the next few days, Alan’s health continued to deteriorate. He went back to the emergency department again. This time, Mrs Sozzi wasn’t working and she drove him there.
“I thought he would have a cardiac arrest at home, but I managed to put him in the car and take him to a local clinic,” she said.
Later, he went to the field hospital in the city, but was quickly transferred to the ICU reserved for COVID patients at Hospital Irma Dulce.
“I am a nursing technician in the general ICU, and he was in the COVID ICU,” Mrs Sozzi said.
“It was very painful to know that he was there, so close and so far.”
On Sunday, August 23, her husband passed away.
“The hardest thing for me was working there, saving the lives of other patients, and not being able to save him,” Mrs Sozzi said.
“He was suffering too much. He waited for me to say goodbye and leave,” she said.
The couple have an eight-year-old daughter.