About Dr. Mohammed Megri
Dr. Mohammed Megri is a Board-Certified physician in Pulmonary Disease and Internal Medicine currently based in Lexington, KY. Having completed his studies and residency training at the University of Tripoli in 2014, Dr. Megri returned to the United States and graduated from the Internal Medicine program at Marshall University, WV, in 2018. He expanded his field of practice by completing two additional fellowships, namely in Pulmonary and Critical Care, in 2021. Dr. Megri was also awarded the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) chapter and alpha omega alpha chapter.
A member of several professional memberships, such as the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians, Dr. Megri has been on the frontline against the COVID-19 pandemic even since its inception, helping patients and their families recover from this disease.
Dr. Megri is an avid basketball fan outside the hospital, playing and watching whenever he gets the chance. Furthermore, he enjoys spending time with his wife and his eight-year-old and four-year-old children.
Now and then, it’s good to be reminded of the frontline heroes who push themselves to the limit every day, either working insanely long shifts at the hospital or being forced to stay away from their loved ones to keep their positions against the COVID-19 virus. Amongst all those capeless heroes, we found one particular physician who agreed to speak with one of our Top Doctor Magazine interviewers, Justin, and share his thoughts and wonders, happiness and sadness, and hopes and doubts with our readers: Dr. Mohammed Megri. Currently residing in Lexington, KY, Dr. Megri has numerous stories to share with our readers, stories that will bring back the COVID-19 pandemic hardships to mind and strengthen our belief in a better tomorrow. Let’s tune in to the article and learn more from Dr. Megri himself!
Helping Both The Patient and Their Family
Ever since he was a toddler, Dr. Megri was destined to become a well-reputed physician. Bringing back beautiful childhood memories, Dr. Megri shares with Top Doctor Magazine how his mother would always surround him with toys related to medicine to guide him towards this noblest of sciences.
And these efforts weren’t fruitless. Dr. Megri has braved through innumerable challenges and years of study to practice his true passion, his destined career path, which brings him unimaginable joy and happiness. When asked about his favorite part of being a physician, Dr. Megri mentioned the opportunity to care for both the patient and their family. “Seeing the success of helping someone who’s suffering from any medical illness and their successes in both ways, like feeding them and making them feel better or help their family or support their family to accept that there’s nothing else that we can do.” He disclosed for Top Doctor Magazine, reminding us of the physician’s difficult task of conveying even more difficult news to the patient’s family.
Acting Fast While Keeping Your Calm
In their times of utmost need, patients look towards physicians with hope, hope for a better tomorrow, free from any medical issues or illnesses. In order to keep them peaceful and hopeful, physicians experience the constant stress of making split-second decisions while exhibiting a calm persona towards patients.
But what happens when the novelty of the situation shakes your very core, and remaining calm seems impossible? Such is the story of Dr. Megri’s first encounter with a COVID-19 patient, who, surrounded by so much technology and equipment, looked straight out of a Sci-Fi movie. “We didn’t have any interaction with any COVID-19 patients before this. To be honest with you, I was really scared. I’m like looking at the patient; he’s in very high oxygen requirements and still hypoxic. And I can see in his eyes that he’s scared and struggling for oxygen.”
This first interaction with a COVID-19 patient left no small impact on Dr. Megri’s memories, which reminds us that physicians are humans first and foremost. However, he still remembers one of his attendees’ words that encouraged him to brave this unheard-of challenge: “We’re going to go inside together in the room. We’ll do all the procedures; we’ll save this patient and make sure that we protect ourselves. And, if you need any help, just let me know.”
Loneliness and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine how an invisible enemy could keep us away from each other, from a much-needed company, conversations, or even something as ordinary as a hug. However, if this pandemic taught us anything, it is that feeling of closeness that we long for when things look grim. “And the other thing, which I didn’t notice that’s very important before COVID-19 came, which is the family support to the patients and the family support to the physician.” Dr. Megri shares with Top Doctor Magazine.
Physicians faced the harsh reality of living separated from their loved ones for weeks on end, which came as extremely difficult to bear for Dr. Megri, whose children were more than eager to spend time with their father. “I have eight-year-old and four-year-old kids, and they love hugging. But at that time, I was afraid that I might be an asymptomatic carrier. I might have, might have the virus, but I don’t have symptoms from it, and I might give it to my loved ones.”
The same story applies to patients who had no one but physicians and nurses for company throughout their time in the hospital. For them, a combination of loneliness, noises, darkness, and powerful drugs led to something called ICU delirium, showing the importance of having someone dear by your side when in pain. “With COVID-19 and trying to decrease the exposure to the patient family, it was really challenging. The patient himself was having a lot of delirium because he doesn’t know where he or she is, and with all the machines and the noises in the room. And no one in his family came to see him or was even able to talk to him, and that was very difficult to deal with.”
Looking Beyond Our Own Backyards
Running towards the end of the interview, Dr. Megri touched the subject of the ongoing vaccination campaign: “I usually convince them with the vaccine, and I know that we don’t have a lot of trials and we don’t have a lot of evidence, but I least we have evidence that this vaccine will help around 90% protection against COVID.” Although vaccines have proven their efficiency against the virus, Dr. Megri keeps a cautious tone and advises us to respect social distancing furthermore and protect ourselves until we have the pandemic in check.
Although the United States have made incredible progress in their vaccination campaign, Dr. Megri draws our attention towards other countries whose vaccination campaigns are still in their infancy: “I think we need to pay attention to other countries as well, because if we are vaccinated, that will be good, but if other countries are not, then that will be, they will come inside the United States. And that will increase the risk of other people because being vaccinated doesn’t mean that you will never have to have the COVID disease, but it’s a low risk.”
Here at Top Doctor Magazine, we believe in Dr. Mohammed Megri’s advice to care for our fellow beings as much as we care for our close friends and family, which is why we wish him all the best of luck in fighting the COVID-19 virus. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Megri, make sure that you check out the following website.
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