Unafraid of COVID-19: WWII veteran gets life-saving surgery at 97
Despite nearly a third of American adults being afraid to visit hospitals out of fear of contracting COVID-19, this 97-year-old WWII veteran refused to miss his appointment. His doctor explains why it's important to maintain doctor appointments and get procedures, despite fear of COVID-19.
AND EMERGENCY ROOMS. GILBERT BATES SAID HE WASN'T GOING TO LET AN INVISIBLE ENEMY KEEP HIM FROM HIS LIFE-SAVING SURGERY. >> AND 97, ROBERT DAVIS HAS LIVED THROUGH TOUGH TIMES. HIS FATHER SURVIVED THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR AND HE ENLISTED IN THE ARMY AS AN AIRPLANE MECHANIC AND ENDED UP AS A PILOT. LASTLY, HE HAD A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION TO FIX THE PROBLEM WITH HIS HEART. >> IT WAS A RELIEF TO HAVE IT DONE BECAUSE I CAN NOW WALK UP THE STAIRS WITHOUT FEELING LIKE I AM UNDER STRESS. >> AT ANY POINT WERE YOU FEARFUL OF CATCHING COVID-19? >> NOT THE SLIGHTEST. NOT THE SLIGHTEST, NO. WE WERE WELL PROTECTED FROM LAB. >> HE MAY NOT HAVE LIVED VERY LONG IF HE HAD NOT DONE THAT. >> IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PATIENTS TO KEEP APPOINTMENTS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO A COVID-19. HE SAYS HOSPITALS IN HIS OFFICE ARE SAFE. >> THEY ISOLATE PATIENTS. THE COVID-19 PATIENTS ARE IN A DIFFERENT ZONE IN THE PATIENT'S SON ARE NON-TRAN03 ARE IN A DIFFERENT AREA. >> DAVIS IS CLAIMED TO BE A WAR HERO. HE SAID HE WAS JUST DOING HIS JOB WITH HIS COUNTRY NEEDED HIM THE MOST AND THAT WAS ENCOURAGING OTHER AMERICANS DO THEIR DUTY. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION THAT INVOLVES SOME ATTENTION, LET THEM HELP YOU.>>> ACCORDING TO A NEW POLL, NEARLY A THIRD OF AMERICAN ADULTS SAY THEY