Joshua Corsa works as a surgeon at Orlando Regional Medical Centre, and his shift last Sunday morning is not one he’ll ever forget.
The hospital trauma surgeons from the centre were among the first to learn of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, and among the first to respond.
A recent Facebook post accompanied by a photo of Doctor Corsa’s work shoes has gone viral, receiving almost 200 thousand shares before the general surgeon set his profile to private.
“These are my work shoes from Saturday night,” he wrote. “They are brand new, not even a week old. I came to work this morning and saw these in the corner my call room, next to the pile of dirty scrubs.”
“On these shoes, soaked between its fibers, is the blood of 54 innocent human beings. I don't know which were straight, which were gay, which were black, or which were Hispanic. What I do know is that they came to us in wave upon wave of suffering, screaming, and death. And somehow, in that chaos, doctors, nurses, technicians, police, paramedics, and others, performed super human feats of compassion and care,” he wrote.
“This blood, which poured out of those patients and soaked through my scrubs and shoes, will stain me forever. In these Rorschach patterns of red I will forever see their faces and the faces of those that gave everything they had in those dark hours,” the post read.
According to a recent statement by the hospital, 44 victims of the shooting were treated there. Nine died, six were discharged and over 26 surgical operations were performed.
“There is still an enormous amount of work to be done. Some of that work will never end,” Doctor Corsa wrote.
“While I work I will continue to wear these shoes. And when the last patient leaves our hospital, I will take them off, and I will keep them in my office. I want to see them in front of me every time I go to work. For on June 12, after the worst of humanity reared its evil head, I saw the best of humanity of come fighting right back,” he wrote.
“I never want to forget that night.”