Hospital Photographer – Harpreet Choumwer

Harpreet took this photo at San Joaquin Hospital during every 15 minutes.
Harpreet Choumwer
Harpreet took this photo at San Joaquin Hospital during every 15 minutes.

This past week at Cesar Chavez High School, has been a horrific week. The juniors and seniors had an opportunity to participate in every 15 minutes. What happened was that the seniors and juniors demonstrated what happens to people that drunk drive and text drive and the outcomes of it. The reason why they did this was because they wanted to show people how bad it is, and how you can end someone’s life so quick. This was a very emotional day for some Chavez students.

Harpreet, the photographer, is an outgoing senior that is currently involved in a variety of clubs. She is currently enrolled in True Titans, PLUS, Yearbook, and Show Choir. She regrets not being involved with  school more since she was shy, until her senior year she started opening up. She will surely miss Cesar Chavez High School. She is planning on going to U.C. Berkeley, if she isn’t accepted there, she will have to unfortunately attend San Francisco State.

She had the opportunity to take photos of the victims involved in every 15 minutes. She was in the E. R. as they were operating on the person as seen in the picture. I asked her “How did it feel to experience someone you know receiving fake surgery and they only had a 50/50 chance of living, how would you feel?” She responded in confidence “It was very eye opening, and a great experience.” When the paitent’s parents were called and told the horrible news, Harpreet started to cry. Although Harpreet was emotional, she wasn’t afraid of being in the patient’s room.

I asked her “Did you feel like you were invading the patient’s privacy by taking many pictures?” she replied, “No, not at all. Since it didn’t feel real. If it was real, then yes.” When I asked Harpreet how she felt seeing that much blood she didn’t really feel anything because anyone can bleed that much anytime and anywhere. So, it wasn’t anything worth a lot of attention. If she were in that situation, she would regret ever getting into the car. When she was in the operation room, she described the workers as eager and doing there best trying to save the patient’s life. I asked Harpreet, “How would you feel if this happened to one of your closet friends, and they were unable to make it, how would you be feeling at the moment?” She responded quite hesitant, “I would be heartbroken, and emotional with a lot of questions flowing through my mind.”

This event has a moral to it. The moral of the story is you can end someone’s life just like that, so think twice about your decisions. What Harpreet had to say about this was, “You wouldn’t want this to happen to you, so be careful with your choices.”