Desperate. Suffocating. Fruitless.

These are but some of Nathaniel Henderson’s impressions after working in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at McAllen Medical Center, where he’s experienced despair in grueling 12-hour shifts sometimes without bathroom relief or water, because there’s simply not enough of them and too many patients.

The 31-year-old registered nurse told this tale with candor this past week, painting a grim picture of a healthcare institution burdened by lacking resources, staff and space while waves of patients suffering from the coronavirus have flooded their facilities.

The Mission resident has worked at McAllen Medical’s ICU for four-and-a-half years but then was the charge nurse for the COVID-19 ICU for three months straight.

That soon became a huge responsibility, he said, especially when trying to

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