Orlando doctor’s shoes serve as reminder of night he’ll never forget: ‘This blood will stain me forever’

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ORLANDO, Florida–  An Orlando doctor’s moving social media post about the victims of the nightclub shooting has gone viral.

Dr. Joshua Corsa, who, according to the post, is a senior resident in the Department of Surgery at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, shared a photo of his bloodied shoes after treating dozens of patients injured in the horrific shooting.

Dr. Corsa writes,

“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 of come fighting right back. I never want to forget that night.”

**More on the Orlando tragedy here**