dr Carola Holzner, aka Doc Caro uses many opportunities to fulfill her mission: save lives. For this purpose, the emergency doctor from Duisburg is on numerous platforms. She has just published her second book (“No half things”), gives lectures, first aid courses and hosts her own podcast. Recently, the doctor has also been in front of the camera for Sat.1. And on Instagram, Doc Caro is now followed by more than 257,000 people.
The 40-year-old has had to deal with severe headwinds since the outbreak of the pandemic. In the second part of the interview with DER WESTEN she reveals how she prepares her children for possible hostility through her public presence and what her fans can expect in the future
Der West: In your new book you have once again taken up the death of a Covid-infected person, which moved you very much. We are now apparently facing the third hard Corona autumn/winter. What actions would you advise decision makers and people to take?
Doc Caro: I can’t say because, like everyone else, I can’t predict what’s going to happen. I’m happy that we humans can hug each other again. Nevertheless, apart from Corona, we now have flu season again. I believe that sneezing into the crook of your arm, wearing a mask, where many people meet and wash your hands regularly, are hygiene measures that will get you through the winter healthy, even away from Corona.
You’ve already encountered a fair amount of opposition from your public presence, to put it mildly.
When it comes to questions about pandemics and vaccinations, one can confidently speak of a shitstorm on social networks.
Where do you get the strength to confront people who ignore scientific knowledge?
There we are again at the point of serenity and accepting things that I cannot change. You need a basis for discussion in order to deal constructively with people. If there is no base to speak from, every conversation is wasted energy. That’s why it’s not worth wasting time in shitstorms. I’m a consistently positive person. I believe that the energy that you draw from this is much higher than when people are constantly looking for faults in others.
That may work for her. But how do your children deal with it when your mother is attacked online?
My children are not online. They’re still too small for that. Regardless of me, I also want to protect her from it for as long as possible. People behave like open pants. But I have already prepared my children. That someone might know that they are my children and don’t really talk nice about me. I advised them to shut it down and then we can talk about it at home. Because one day, willy-nilly, that’s going to happen. Since the documentary (Editor’s note: “Use with heart” on Sat.1) there has been almost exclusively positive feedback!
In the documentary you were accompanied as you worked with the camera. Weren’t some patients overwhelmed in their emergency situation?
Personal rights were our top priority during filming. Someone who categorically did not want to be filmed does not appear in the documentary. But those were very few. Very, very important: Especially in emergency situations, we didn’t point the camera straight away. You don’t just go into any apartment with cameras without being asked – for God’s sake. Of course you have to ask if a cameraman can come in. Medicine and people still come first – and not the camera.
Has the documentary changed anything about your work?
Many patients first accept treatment and then ask, ‘Are they really the ones on TV?’ (laughs) I find that very funny. Others want a photo with me in front of the helicopter. Of course I get recognized more. The colleagues take it with humor and are happy to volunteer as a photographer. But what pleases me much more: Many patients, but also colleagues, were initially skeptical about the documentaries and television. After the documentary was shown, we were able to convince even the last critic in the team that it’s really a cool thing.
You started a lot of new things last year – including the cooperation with Sat.1 and also your job in the air. You just announced a children’s book. What’s next?
That’s the nice thing. I’m not sure yet. I have tons of ideas. I will definitely continue. Because I am happy that I have many platforms where I can do what I love: namely to help people. And I love children and I just want to inspire a lot of people, especially children, about their health and teach them medicine that is suitable for children.
Is it still the case that you are accompanied by cameras while you work?
Filming parallel to the actual work was extremely exhausting and a special challenge for everyone. But the feedback shows that there is a further need and desire. That we should keep going. I’m very fortunate that my colleagues, be they from the Helios clinics or ADAC air rescue, see it the same way. We’re team players and it’s important to me that everyone is behind it, so it’s quite possible that you’ll see me in front of the camera from time to time. (laughs)
Here is the first part of the interview with Doc Caro >>>