A Look At An Orlando Doctor's Blood Soaked Shoes: A Stain That Will Last Forever

A Look At An Orlando Doctor's Blood Soaked Shoes: A Stain That Will Last Forever


Joshua Corsa was there that night. He wasn't dancing at PULSE, but was on the clock at Orlando Regional Medical Center. The night of June 12, Dr. Corsa heroically saved lives and helplessly lost others after the worst mass shooting in American history. His shoes, stained in blood, are a visual reminder of the horror that occurred and the lasting effect that it will undoubtedly have.

Dr. Corsa is a senior resident in the Department of Surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center, the hospital where the bulk of the victims from the massacre at Pulse nightclub were brought for emergency treatment.
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His moving post on social media showing a picture of his shoes from the night of the shooting has since gained widespread attention.
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These are my work shoes from Saturday night. 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. I had forgotten about them until now. 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. 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. There is still an enormous amount of work to be done. Some of that work will never end. And 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 come fighting right back. I never want to forget that night.
His emotional post recounts the unimaginable horror that resulted from one man's violence and hatred, and the simple and legal accessibility he had to semi-automatic weapons capable of killing in mass. Dr. Corsa's words not only are an important account of the immediate result of this tragedy but a crucial reminder of the "enormous amount of work to be done."  
  H/T ABC, CNN, Inside Edition, USA Today

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