A surgeon has shared a terrifying insight into the grim reality of an intensive care unit in a busy hospital during the recent Covid-19 crisis, when he made a passionate request to everyone to be vaccinated.
Dr Ahmad Aly, the brother of Logie-winning The Project host Waleed is a general surgeon at Melbourne Austin Hospital.
He filmed a video in which he interviewed a colleague at the ICU and was shocked to find all 13 patients fighting for life with coronavirus were unvaccinated, most of them in a ventilator.
The confrontational video was shared by his journalist-sister-in-law Susan Carland the day Victoria registered 1,890 new cases with health officials very concerned about the spread to regional areas where there are 120 active cases.
Dr Ahmad Aly (right) interviewed an Austin Hospital colleague (left) about Covid patients in the ICU ward, many of whom are young and end up on a ventilator
The video shows the doctor telling Dr Aly that none of the Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital’s ICU have been vaccinated, as he warns of the life-changing effects that the virus will have.
Less than seven percent of Victorians in the hospital are fully vaccinated, while many of the patients are ‘fairly young’.
‘So for normal ICU patients, a day or two is pretty much standard,’ the doctor explains.
‘Some of the patients will even be here with us for three or four weeks, it’s so serious.’
‘After a critical illness of this severity, the legacy lasts the rest of your life.’
‘The impact stays with you for decades, people are never quite the same as before.’
He said he had never seen so many young people at the ICU with the one problem, all of whom are at high risk of dying.
‘The message is really clear,’ replied a shocked Doctor Aly. ‘They are young, they are not vaccinated, they are all from our society.’
The video was shared by the surgeon’s journalist-sister-in-law Susan Carland (pictured with her husband Waleed Aly
The confrontational video ends with Dr. Ahmad Aly (pictured) so everyone can be vaccinated
Several Covid-19 patients have been admitted to the ward since the video was filmed less than two weeks ago.
‘If you’ve been vaccinated, you can get Covid, but you do not end up here. You will not get sick, “Dr. Aly in his passionate plea.
Dr. Aly, who is also an associate professor and researcher at Melbourne University, urged community leaders with ‘influence’ to help increase vaccination rates.
About 58 percent of Victorians over the age of 15 have been vaccinated with the state on track to reach the 70 percent milestone by October 26, which will end its sixth lockdown.
‘You have to tell our community to get vaccinated. Take courage in the prophets, Sahaba. Stand up for what is really right, ‘asked Dr. Aly.
‘Because you can save lives, you can make a difference here. Without your help, I think we’re doomed. Honestly, that’s what I’ve seen today. ‘
Victoria registered 1890 new cases on Sunday with health officials very concerned about the spread to regional areas (pictured a Melbourne test clinic)
Sharing the video, Dr. Carland that her brother-in-law has been ‘desperately worried’ about what and who he sees at Austin Hospital.
It has been retweeted by Victoria’s Chief Officer Professor Brett Sutton, who has personally known Dr. Aly for more than three decades.
‘A surgeon with great intellect and integrity. Please listen to his plea, ‘he wrote.
Dr. Carland previously joked that her president Waleed was an ‘under-priest’ compared to her older brother after the surgeon showed a 30-second TV ad for Cancer Council Victoria.
Victoria registered 1,890 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, slightly lower than the record-breaking 1,965 announced a day earlier.
State Covid Commander Jeroen Weimar is seriously concerned about the spread of cases in the Victoria region, where there are 120 infections.
Regional concerns include Mildura (20 cases), Baw Baw shire (18), Shepparton (16), Geelong and Maceon Ranges (12 each) and Latrobe (11).
Dr Ahmad Aly (left) was shocked to hear that all of Austin Hospital’s Covid patients at the ICU were unvaccinated
There is also great concern about a growing cluster of infections in Melbourne’s southeast, where 164 cases show up in Casey.
‘I really want to stress again, do not rely on these case reports, but say that in only a few places is it increasingly coming in the suburbs of Melbourne and in the Victoria region,’ Weimar told reporters.
‘[We are seeing] a significant constant growth in case numbers and we are seeing a continuous growth in case numbers across the regional Victoria. ‘
Andrews issued a blunt warning to Victorians who were still unvaccinated in the final weeks leading up to the reopening of the state.
‘If you are vaccinated, your chance of ending up seriously ill in the hospital is only a fraction, a small fraction of what an unvaccinated person’s risks are,’ he said.
‘Of course it will change and become even sharper when we open up.
‘When we reach 80 percent double the dose … the virus will spread, especially among those who have not been vaccinated … you have a much higher risk.’
Victorian Covid Commander Jeroen Weimar (pictured) warned Victorians that the virus was now spreading everywhere, not just in the well-known Covid hotspots