BBC viewers in tears over scenes of doctor's heart being restarted after COVID battle
BBC viewers were left in floods of tears this evening at harrowing scenes from a hospital.
Surviving The Virus: My Brother & Me saw twin brothers and fellow doctors Chris and Xand Van Tulleken at work amid the coronavirus crisis.
Chris is a virologist at London's University College Hospital while Xand is a public health doctor.
And during one particularly hard-hitting scene this evening, Xand found himself in A&E at Chris' hospital.
Following his recovery from COVID-19, Dr Xand suffered from recurrent bouts of cardiac arythmia.
This led to doctors having to restart his heart during filming.
Dr Chris could be seen talking to their mum on the phone, explaining the irregularities with his brother's heart - it beat in a funny rhythm and his blood pressure was low.
He was then seen shedding tears as he watched doctors save Xand's life - Xand flatlined, only for his heart to start up again.
"When you're twin," Chris told us, "we're not telepathic, but Xand is half my identity. There's no one I'm closer to."
When Xand's heart starts beating again, a tearful Chris admitted: "I wasn't expecting the flatline for so long afterwards.
"It wasn't nice watching it being done."
Dr Xand gave heartfelt thanks to the medical staff who'd saved him, adding: "I got a real sense today of how unpleasant it is being ill. How unpleasant it is having stuff done to you.
"I'm obviously anxious about it as every time it happens ...
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