Dying Coronavirus Patients Are Getting Family Visits in These Latin American Hospitals

“Dying alone is not the same as being accompanied—saying goodbye and not saying goodbye are very different,” says a palliative care director in Argentina.

BUENOS AIRES — When Augusto Briceño hugged his mother in her bed in the COVID-19 intensive-care ward, he said he sensed the warmth of her body through his protective gloves, and felt full of peace.

“I closed my eyes and tried to forget the gloves were there,″ the 59-year-old pediatrican said. He stroked her hair and soon after, she died.

Despite his grief, Briceño said he felt lucky.

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