Bolivian TV Channel Airs Footage Of Man Dying of COVID-19

( According to Bolivian newspaper Pagina Siete, a television show from the South American country caused outrage when they broadcasted footage of a patient dying of the Chinese coronavirus. The footage showed doctors trying to save the patient’s life, but they were unsuccessful,

It was aired as part of a program called NO Lies, which is aired every night on the PAT channel that is based in Santa Cruz. The episode showed the last half an hour of a patient’s life as he struggled with the virus and ultimately succumbed to a heart attack. Viewers watched as doctors tried to revive the man.

During the program, a producer can be heard saying, “We see in phase two that there is a patient in a critical state if we can get closer.” The camera operators then move closer and show doctors trying to resuscitate the dying man.

Santa Cruz is the part of Bolivia that has been affected by the coronavirus the worst. The region has experienced roughly 60% of the entire country’s cases, which has totaled more than 21,000. It has also seen around half of the 679 recorded deaths in the country, which led TV producers to choose the area as a focus for the COVID-19 film.

Producers told the press that they decided to air the footage of the dying man to draw attention to the problem and to force the country’s leaders into taking more action on reducing the spread of the virus.

Responding to the suggestion that the broadcast should be pulled, TV presenter Jimena Antelo said it was “necessary for people to see this” and to become aware so they can “take care of their health and their own.”

“On PAT, we feel it is necessary to show the reality that we are going through as a society and a country in this situation,” Antelo added.

Bolivian Ombudswoman Nadia Cruz said that the TV show was just “sensationalism” and that the broadcasters were breaking the law.

“[This broadcast] evidently conflicts with the national legal order,” Cruz warned, adding that it was contributing to a “kind of collective fear.”