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26hr photo project: "I just feel really lucky..."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
May 16, 2020
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

Dr. Sarila Sanhan says: "Practicing and travelling in other countries has given me a unique perspective. Last night I was caring for a high risk C-19 patient, and there’s a protocol in place, and I had PPE available, and I just –felt grateful, to be able to live and work in a place like this. Where I felt like the threat was taken seriously and I was supported. I was thinking a lot about my colleagues practicing outside of Canada and what they’re going through, and the fact that they have to balance their want to take care of people and their need to stay safe and keep their families safe. I just feel so blessed that I didn’t have to make that choice, and that I get to live and work here. Every shift I come in now, I just feel really lucky and really lucky to be healthy every day that I am. I don’t take that for granted." Swipe to see Dr. Sanhan after and before her call (after shown first here).

About 26hr photo project: Photographer Rebecca Hay is a resident physician training in Pediatrics in Calgary. "Physicians commonly work shifts up to 26 hours long—often without breaks or sleep, caring for families and vulnerable people. A lot can happen in that time, both beautiful and exhausting. I started the photo project "26hr" to highlight the human aspect of medicine and the incredible people working these shifts, and to explore their stories and perceptions."

Rebecca is on Instagram as @liferecaptured.

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