ICU Doctor Treating Coronavirus Patients Denied Green Card: 'I Was Blindsided'

ICU Doctor Treating Coronavirus Patients Denied Green Card: 'I Was Blindsided'

Complex - Life·2020-05-08 23:02

A Canadian-born doctor on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic has had her green card application denied, a decision she called a "slap in the face." In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Dr. Julia Iafrate said that she is still treating patients in New York despite the bad news.

"I'm putting my life on the line every day to do this, and it's just blowing my mind right now that they are not appreciating it or they don't see the value in what I'm offering to do," she explained. "I'm honestly beside myself. It's like a slap in the face." Iafrate, an assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center, volunteered to help treat coronavirus patients and has since made it clear that hospitals were and are under-prepared for the ongoing crisis the country faces.

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