At first glimpse, the photo doesn’t look like much. It’s just a low-resolution picture of a man crouching on a bridge. But once you hear the story behind it, you understand why it’s spreading across the internet like wildfire today.
The man crouching in the photo is a doctor. According to reddit user NickMoore911, the man who posted the photo, the doctor just lost a 19-year-old patient.
“The man pictured was unable to save one of his patients,” Moore wrote on Reddit. “Though this is a common occurrence in our field of work, the patients we lose are typically old, sick, or some combination of the two. The patient that died was 19 years old, and for him, it was one of those calls we get sometimes that just hits you.”
Moore hopes the photo reminds people that doctors are human, too.
“I think people should know that the care providers are just as human as the patients, and this shows that stronger than anything I’ve seen in a long while,” he wrote.
That’s not to say doctors don’t display super-human resiliency, though.
“Within a few minutes,” Moore wrote, “the doctor stepped back inside, holding his head high again.”