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It is a grainy, dark photo snapped from across a parking lot of a person low to the ground, head bent and face invisible.

“An ER doctor steps outside after losing a 19-year old patient,” reads the caption on the photo posted to Reddit Thursday.

The poster, who identifies as NickMoore911, wrote that he is an EMT and that a fellow EMT snapped the picture.

“The man pictured was unable to save one of his patients,” wrote Moore. “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 says he received permission to post the moving photo which shot to the front page of reddit quickly garnering more than 35-hundred comments in just a few hours. He says he saw the photo and wanted to share it publicly because he believes it sheds light on what it’s like to be in a life-and-death profession.

“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,” wrote Moore.

Moore hasn’t shared any details about who the doctor is, where the doctor works or what lead to the death of the teen.

But he did explain what happened moments after the photo was taken.

“Within a few minutes, the doctor stepped back inside, holding his head high again.”

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36 comments

  • Simone Taylor

    To the doctors and nurses they have taken an oath to preserve life. I’m sure when death occurs it hard God has blessed them with overflow of empathy which comes at a great price to feel every hurt,joy pain and lost may society see now that you are always doing your job and sometime is just time for a refill to keep going preserving life.

  • Katherine

    I know his pain all to well; worked in the Medical Field for 20 plus years. Losing patients is tough; losing younger ones is the toughest. My patients used to refer to us as “Angels in Tennis Shoes”. The love of this profession is what keeps us going. God bless this man!!!

  • RICHARD HARRISON

    I was a Nurse for 30 yrs. I remember when I was a student nurse, I had to inform a man his brother passed away. He started crying and I couldn’t hold my tears back. I went to the charge Nurse, told her I didn’t think I would be a good nurse, because I cried with him. I will never forget her words.She said ” IF YOU EVER STOP CRYING WITH THEM, THEN IS THE TIME TO QUIT. BECAUSE AT THAT TIME YOU ARNET ANY GOOD TO YOUR PATIENTS.

  • Photography 1

    my stepmom was an emergency room nurse and has held those things to keep heart pounding she has seen a few flatliners too, you know sometimes you do everything you can and is so sad doctor felt bad very sad, god is all in charge of the world keep yourself alive and know what dangers there are never take risks very moving photo

  • Stephanie

    My sisters a nurse and I have heard more horror stories than I wish to share. Very extremely scary and I never want to end up at a hospital but there are some like my sister who give their all and god bless them!!

  • Cody Perry

    God Bless this Doctor ! I work in the health care system also ! I work in a nursing home ! The loss ofour Residents is great ! We become there family’s. We care for with all our hearts the best we can ! Several of them have no one. we buy them cloths , shoes , snacks or what ever they need ! We love them , hug them , pray for them ! When they pass on we are the bad people ! I wish people could see that . I Have cared for residents from 8 months to 104 in skilled nursing centers and i would never change one second of that. , if i didnt have my job , i dont know what i would di ! It has been the Adventure of my life ! You may see the world , but the love and joy in there faces make it all worth the 25 + years of my life ! Everyday i loik foward to doung it again !

    • John

      If I were to judge your level of intelligence from your grammar and spelling skills, I’d have to guess that you’ve lost several patients due to stupidity on your part. If someone doesn’t know the difference between “their” and “there”, then I wouldn’t trust them with my life.

      • Grammar Nazi Hunter

        @John , u Sir are one complete IDIOT !! judging someone by their grammar mistakes is tottaly foolish and in ur case, u are the one looking like ”let me say this again in case u did not get it the first time ” COMPLETE FCKN IDIOT”…..

        feel free to correct my grammar as well u Grammar Nazi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Joann

        I would take her, with her bad grammer, but wonderful loving sense of humanity over you with perfect grammer, no manners and lack of compassion or care ANY DAY< ANY HOUR IN ANY COUNTRY OR UNIVERSE. YOU are a LOSER and one day–IF YOU ARE LUCKY–will be in a nursing home like she describes–and will face someone like her as your caregiver—you better learn some respect for her and realize there are more important things in this profession than how one spells……

      • Danny

        Chill out there… they work in a nursing home… one of the least desirable jobs ever and one that doesn’t require a lot of medical skill.

      • Jewels

        If I had to guess, based on the spaces around the punctuation, this lady’s English is a second (or third–who knows?) language. I’ve corresponded with people who are native French-speakers in English, and this type of punctuation is common. From this viewpoint, her grammar and spelling is actually pretty good. I have no idea whether this is actually true or not, but it is another viewpoint to consider.

  • mahogany

    God bless the people that work in this field. And I pray to god to give them strength and that not everyday you’ll be able to save someone. Be strong and proud.God gave you the blessing to help others.

  • Tiffany

    May he find peace with God and know he did everything god wanted…My sister works in the medical field and is a CNA she loves her job been doing it for 16 years she gets so much joy in making sure our elders are cared for properly and when one leaves us for heaven she gets sad but in the end she knows she did all she could to care for them the very best she could and I know that it’s not easy to put that much of your heart and soul into someone knowing already what the outcome is most always going to be All nurses and Dr.’s and CNA’s and everyone else who does this type of work You are Angels!…God has a plan and you are a huge part of it! Thanks for all you do!!!God bless you everyday!

    • Terri

      Tiffany,
      Please tell your sister thank you for me. I have been in this field for 26 yrs. As an RN and soon to be Nurse Practitioner, I can honestly say that there is nothing more important in the field of medicine than a caring CNA.

  • Terri

    I especially like the way the street lights are making little question marks above him. As an ER nurse and soon to be nurse practitioner, I feel sure that is what he is thinking. “What could I have done different?” Then you just have to realize that there was most likely nothing you could have done and move on to try and save the ones you can.

  • Janet

    You feel the pain, you cry, you hold it inside and you don’t forget. That’s what we do and we go right back to caring for our patients. I know and I am proud to belong to the medical profession……I am a nurse.

  • fishydude

    This doctor will have a long and healthy career. The one’s who do not let it out from time to time are probably far more likely to ‘let it out’ in the form of a cardiac event.
    God bless this man and those he mentors.

  • Pat Sommers

    I cannot believe that gentleman and I use the term loosely would criticize a person for language skills. She sound like a loving and caring person, the kind that people need to take care of them. Hope he never needs help.

  • Carly Contreras

    Hi, iam a doctor and ill tell you that everyday we go to work is like a beating to our souls, we are to some people, persons who should not feel, should not have a personal like, should not get sick, in conclusion we should be like machines. Many forget that we are humans too, that we have parents, sisters, other relatives and friends. But we understand we took an oath and we all hold it dear and for those like me that do this for love and to help, we understand, that’s why many days some of us go to work sick and take insults, we love what we do, and we do cry but we live also enjoy our “job”, sometimes just to see someone smile or to save a life. I congratulate all doctors who retain their humanity and combine it with being a doctor, thumbs up to you all. Keep up the excellent work

  • ohwell

    I dunno. I’ve found doctors to be rude, patronizing, unwilling to listen and one stole an idea of mine about neti and put it in his notes to sound as if he had suggested it to me. I avoid MDs like the plague, but I suppose in the event of mechanical injury like broken limbs or puncture wounds they’re where to turn. I just try to never need them for anything.

  • angiemn3

    Some hearts are only meant to beat so many times before they are silenced… It is His call, it is always His call. Sometimes He allows those graces bestowed upon us to work His magic and sometimes not.