CHICAGO (WLS) — A Chicago cardiologist who became infected with COVID-19 beat the virus and has bounced back to fight it on the front lines.
“My job is tiring so I don’t know if it is because of the the virus itself or my job,” explained Dr. Khachig Ishkhan, an interventional cardiologist at Community First Medical Center. “Actually we are overwhelmed with patients, so yeah, I’m tired.”
The COVID-19 patients keep coming at Community First Medical Center on Chicago’s Northwest Side, where the patient profile is 60% Medicare and 20% Medicaid and resources, including personal protective equipment, is limited. About a month ago a particularly ill man presented with COVID-19 symptoms.
“The person was coughing and short of breath and he was very sick,” Dr. Ishkhan said. “Me and multiple nurses and respiratory therapists and pulmonary therapists were exposed to that patient.”
It was one of many such encounters and with little COVID-19 testing available, Dr. Ishkhan just kept going with his 12-hour days, staying on call every night of the week.