Dr Nikolai Shinkarenko, a 70-year-old top lung surgeon has set himself on fire after feeling guilty for giving Covid-19 to his entire family.
According to reports, the veteran surgeon, with 42 years medical experience, came out of retirement to fight the pandemic.
However, while helping Covid-19 patients, he got infected and had to be admitted to his own hospital.
When he discovered he was infected, it was already too late as he has already infected his whole family.
The father of three and grandad became plagued by guilt over infecting a number of family members.
His family recovered from the infection, yet, the doctor felt guilty for infecting them in the first place.
According to reports, the lung surgeon drove to remote wasteland near Volgograd and stepped away from his car before emptying petrol over himself and striking a match.
Speaking about the sad incident, Andrei Kalmykov, chief doctor of Mikhailovsk Central District Hospital in Volgograd said;
“He could not sit at home knowing that he could help hundreds of people in need,”
It’s true, his wife was against him going back to work.
But she understood him too, because she is a doctor herself.”
On Dr Nikolai getting infected, Dr Kalmykov said;
“He was immediately hospitalised in his own department
And being on sick leave, he still managed to cheer up patients in his ward.”
A close colleague also said;
“Nikolai decided that it was his fault that everyone got sick, but no one blamed him for this, neither his family, nor his colleagues, nobody.
I spoke with his wife, Nelli. She is deeply shocked by what happened.
According to her, no-one understood at all why Nikolai did this.”