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26hr photo project: "...you just can’t get that real life perspective anywhere else."

This photo series by a resident doctor in Calgary documents the stories of physicians before and after their call.
By: Rebecca Hay
July 04, 2020
Photo: Rebecca Hay (Instagram)

Dr. Hussain Khimji says: "I enjoy palliative care because you get to listen to people about their lives. That kind of wisdom and experience; you can read all the books in the world, but you just can’t get that real life perspective anywhere else. These reflections, and the fact you are constantly around death are humbling things. It helps me not to be so attached to superficial goals, and gives a different perspective of the world and a reminder that nothing is permanent. Not in a nihilistic way, but realizing any big failure doesn’t have to be the end of the world. We are so hard on ourselves, and when we’re successful we brush it off. I don’t know enough yet, but I like to think that most people come to these realizations; for a lot of people it happens at the end of life. To talk to and learn from people in this real way is a privilege, and well I don’t know where else you can find that." Swipe to see Dr. Khimji before and after his call.

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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