Since contracting Covid and infecting his colleagues, a lung surgeon sets himself on fire.

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According to sources, a top lung surgeon who came out of retirement to combat the pandemic set himself on fire after feeling bad for giving Covid to his entire family.

 

Friends and colleagues said that Russian Dr Nikolai Shinkarenko, 70, feels “guilty” about making his relatives ill with the virus.

 

With 42 years of surgical experience, the seasoned surgeon had urged doctors to return to the front lines to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

 

 

“He could not sit at home knowing that he could help hundreds of people in need,” said Andrei Kalmykov, chief doctor of Mikhailovsk Central District Hospital in Volgograd.

 

“It’s true, his wife was against him going back to work.

 

“But she understood him too, because she is a doctor herself.”

 

As he helped Covid-19 patients, he got infected and had to be admitted to his own hospital.

 

“He was immediately hospitalised in his own department,” said Dr Kalmykov.

 

“And being on sick leave, he still managed to cheer up patients in his ward.”

 

But by then the father of three and grandad had “infected his whole family”, he said.

 

Lung surgeon sets himself on fire after contracting Covid and infecting family

The lung surgeon and his family

 

Dr Shinkarenko became plagued by guilt over infecting a number of family members.

 

His family also recovered from the infection, yet, the doctor felt guilty for infecting them in the first place.

 

“Nikolai decided that it was his fault that everyone got sick, but no one blamed him for this, neither his family, nor his colleagues, nobody,” said a close colleague.

 

“I spoke with his wife, Nelli.

 

“She is deeply shocked by what happened.

 

“According to her, no-one understood at all why Nikolai did this.”

 

According to reports, he drove to remote wasteland near Volgograd and stepped away from his car before emptying petrol over himself and striking a match, say reports.


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