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26hr photo project: "It's a privilege to be let into someone's life..."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
June 06, 2020
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

A special edition of the 26hr photo project: meet creator Dr. Rebecca Hay! Dr. Hay says: "This job can be really hard. In medicine, you meet people in what feels like the worst moments of their lives, over and over again. It's hard to stay human and to absorb trauma while feeling in that moment with them, and putting your full heart into it. Every loss feels so heavy, and some days it feels hard to stand tall. But I wouldn't change it for anything - it's a privilege to be let into someone's life, and to be there for them. To be in that moment, and help in any way you can. And along with the worst moments in someone's life, comes along some of the most beautiful and intimate brushes with humanity." Swipe to see Dr. Hay after and before her call (after shown first here).

About 26hr photo project: Photographer Rebecca Hay is a resident physician training in Paediatrics 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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