Chernobyl Doctor Fact Checks the HBO Series | Vanity Fair

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  • Published: 19 September 2019
  • Ukrainian medical responder and radiation expert Alla Shapiro reviews the validity of the HBO series "Chernobyl." Alla shares some real-life on-site experiences to explain whether clips from the series are true to what actually happened on April 26th, 1986 and the days that followed.

    Dr. Shapiro received a Medical degree and a PhD degree in Kiev, Ukraine where she was trained in pediatric hematology. After Chernobyl she was one of the first medical responders sent to the most radiation contaminated areas, and headed the field team surveying the medical effects on children in the Chernobyl vicinity.

    In 1989, Dr. Shapiro and her family became stateless refugees, spending 6 months in refugee camps in Italy, before immigrating to the U.S. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric oncology at the National Institute of Health. Shortly after 9/11, she became a Medical Officer at the Counter-Terrorism and Emergency Coordination Staff at the US Food and Drug Administration and evaluated drugs that treat people who have been exposed to harmful levels of radiation.

    Dr. Shapiro is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Extraordinary Journey of the Stateless: From the Shadows of Chernobyl to the Lights of Washington.

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  • Jackson XD
    Jackson XD  1 hours back

    Anyone annoyed how when ever she talks its like a lip smacking sound

    • OHM-968692
      OHM-968692  1 hours back

      Henceforward I too will be referring to balls as "local area".

      • Literally a pile of shit
        Literally a pile of shit  10 hours back

        This woman spittin straight facts for 13 minutes

        • B Jensen
          B Jensen  11 hours back

          Great job. This was very insightful

          • Alex Kagarov
            Alex Kagarov  22 hours back

            02:23 so glad to hear "population of Припять".

            • Joseph Porter
              Joseph Porter  22 hours back

              Wow! Incredible video that's very interesting

              • Roman Volovik
                Roman Volovik  1 days back

                I think that guy was bleeding because his leg got stuck in the door

                • Zaerdna
                  Zaerdna  1 days back

                  Bruh, what drugs has she been taking lately? The baby literally died after it was born????

                  • John Mullen
                    John Mullen  1 days back

                    The world needs more people like Shapiro. Gotta love this woman.

                    • doramason
                      doramason  1 days back

                      She is delusional, take her to the infirmary

                      • Mike Patton
                        Mike Patton  1 days back

                        This disaster was because of socialist policy.

                        • Jacob Smith
                          Jacob Smith  1 days back

                          1.25 speed

                          • Julian Cottingham
                            Julian Cottingham  2 days back

                            If the fire fighters where not radioactive after being washed then why did they have to bury their bodies in lead coffins surrounded by concrete?

                            • Alexander .L
                              Alexander .L  2 days back

                              The soviet union had so many smart people but leadership was so incompetent.

                              • Isabella Hernandez
                                Isabella Hernandez  2 days back

                                What a a queen. Thank you for this video!

                                • Katelyn Olivia
                                  Katelyn Olivia  2 days back

                                  I love the way she says “books”

                                  • SuperSonic Sauce
                                    SuperSonic Sauce  2 days back

                                    Am i the only one who read “Doctor Fat Cheeks”?

                                    • Russian Empire
                                      Russian Empire  2 days back

                                      5 seconds in and that is already disgusting

                                      • Forest Denizen
                                        Forest Denizen  2 days back

                                        At 10 minutes she is wrong about the appearance of damage caused by extreme radiation doses (and admits she had only seen a selection of photographs provided by colleagues .)

                                        See photographs of the Japanese nuclear technician _Hisashi Ouchi_ who was exposed to an accidental criticality event at Tokaimura nuclear plant, or search for him on YT.

                                        He looked even WORSE than the patient she is commenting on.

                                        That is probably what HBO modelled the injuries on.

                                        Be warned if you search for the photographs, they are some of the most gruesome on the Internet. The man was kept alive as long as possible (requests to be euthanized refused) as the flesh fell off his bones and finally died after 83 days of unimaginable pain.

                                        You have been warned.

                                        • Wyatt
                                          Wyatt  2 days back

                                          12:42 wouldn't that just be Belarus?

                                          • Wyatt
                                            Wyatt  2 days back

                                            This is so cool. Great job Vanity Fair!

                                            • Konstantinos Kotsomytis

                                              8:23 Firefarter?

                                              • Billy Brosnan
                                                Billy Brosnan  2 days back

                                                Yo why does the guy at 1:05 look like ed kemper.

                                                • pako pepe fdez
                                                  pako pepe fdez  2 days back

                                                  Ok, i expected a medical review and it is a political critic against the USSR, more capitalism propaganda, again

                                                  • Dalton Lang
                                                    Dalton Lang  3 days back

                                                    This is how it works.
                                                    Its a TV show so shes 100% wrong because its all fake.
                                                    Real life shes 100% right because its all real.

                                                    • gardakan936
                                                      gardakan936  2 days back

                                                      @Dalton Lang Yeah ! The show took some horrid liberties.

                                                    • Dalton Lang
                                                      Dalton Lang  2 days back

                                                      gardakan936 I meant the show is fake it’s made up very loosely based on the real event. Other then some real facts.
                                                      Her side is 100% realistic and full of facts.

                                                    • gardakan936
                                                      gardakan936  2 days back

                                                      Well no. The plot is real. The situation is real. The events are real. The consequences are real. You can't say Chernobyl was a fake. It does not make sense.

                                                  • Arto Pekkanen
                                                    Arto Pekkanen  3 days back

                                                    The Chernobyl TV series is advertised as drama ... but to me it felt like horror. Ultimate horror. I want to thank Dr. Shapiro for shedding light on the incident.

                                                    • samtico
                                                      samtico  3 days back

                                                      One thing I am trying to understand. She said her husband wasn’t radioactive but why was the body put into a special container and buried in concrete? I am confused.

                                                      • samtico
                                                        samtico  22 hours back

                                                        Mika I guess? I still feel confused. I did take a chance to read what the wife actually said. Apparently her baby’s liver had 28 roentgen. But maybe that’s just because of her general exposure while at Chernobyl. That said I’ve seen videos that show the firemen’s clothes in the basement are still radioactive. Why is that radioactive but not the firemen? Ugh I have so many questions!! 😅

                                                      • Mika
                                                        Mika  24 hours back

                                                        Remember, there was almost no available information on radiation back then. It was probably a precautionary measure.

                                                    • GirtheAlienGoldfish
                                                      GirtheAlienGoldfish  3 days back

                                                      Chernobyl was a good series. I liked it, but I knew a lot was going to be dramatized for the sake of good television. I like that this doctor was there and can tell us more about the incident based on her first-hand experience. It's fun to learn more.

                                                      • ACMilan Girl
                                                        ACMilan Girl  4 days back

                                                        Absolutely love this doctor, such a hero

                                                        • Dan Kelly
                                                          Dan Kelly  4 days back

                                                          Fahrenheit 451

                                                          • Teddy Fresh
                                                            Teddy Fresh  4 days back

                                                            Rip to her eyebrows 😔 they got burned off in radiation, but as you can see. The shadow of their formal self lives on

                                                          • - kool -
                                                            - kool -  4 days back

                                                            First responding Chernobyl doctor: “This isn’t correct.”

                                                            Comment section: “ShE’s faCTuaLy wROnG”

                                                            • - kool -
                                                              - kool -  1 days back

                                                              Kev Diamond guess so pal

                                                            • Kev Diamond
                                                              Kev Diamond  2 days back

                                                              I haven't seen a single comment saying she is wrong... man you really are just hunting for likes aren't you.

                                                          • Normaali Ihminen
                                                            Normaali Ihminen  4 days back

                                                            ThunderF00t already depunked this times ago... glad other people are now noticing the inaccurancies.

                                                            • Chad Counts
                                                              Chad Counts  5 days back

                                                              I am amazed that Vanity Fair, being a liberal magazine, had science based information on this disaster in the Soviet Union. Well done. Truth over politics

                                                              • mc Lovsky
                                                                mc Lovsky  5 days back

                                                                What a surprise that a show that is made to spread anti russian prpaganda is inaccurate...

                                                                • gardakan936
                                                                  gardakan936  2 days back

                                                                  It is mostly accurate actually. Go elsewhere.

                                                              • Joe Blank
                                                                Joe Blank  5 days back

                                                                Y'all don't have proper subtitles for this, and rely on the autogenerated stuff? Shame. You're a big enough company to know better.

                                                                • Tiltrud von Tiltenstein

                                                                  The guy in the first shot looks like living lasagna, wtf?

                                                                  • Inn Conspicuous
                                                                    Inn Conspicuous  5 days back

                                                                    She puts really eloquently why people in the medical profession have a hard time with popular series like this

                                                                    • Scholar Pentus
                                                                      Scholar Pentus  5 days back

                                                                      It chills me that if the teams sent in didn’t contain what they could the radiation could’ve spread potentially all over Europe

                                                                      • Thom Poz
                                                                        Thom Poz  5 days back

                                                                        Chernobyl disaster and it's consequences weren't spectacular enough in themselves, so HBO had to put on the drama. Cooked firefighter, dogs with puppies, self-sacrificing fetus', children, etc.

                                                                        • ᚠᚨᛒᛁᛟ ᚷᚱᛁᛚᛟ

                                                                          Freaking commies

                                                                          • roth
                                                                            roth  5 days back

                                                                            slavic women look like men

                                                                        • Cromsen
                                                                          Cromsen  5 days back

                                                                          He looks like Pizza Grandiosa. It is a good Pizza :)

                                                                          • ike eki
                                                                            ike eki  5 days back

                                                                            i wish the show had consulted and followed the advice of this woman

                                                                            • 666Gothicgirl
                                                                              666Gothicgirl  5 days back

                                                                              Take a doctor that is build out as a radiologists!
                                                                              And not a doctor that nothing has to do with radiotion

                                                                              • ivy
                                                                                ivy  5 days back

                                                                                was the pregnant woman in her first 3 month period ?

                                                                                • NoneWhatsoever
                                                                                  NoneWhatsoever  5 days back

                                                                                  So she's not only a doctor, she has a freaking PhD in medicine and is a radiation expert who was one of the first responders at the time of this catastrophe. OK, my hat's off to you Vanity Fair.

                                                                                  • Papa Yosif
                                                                                    Papa Yosif  5 days back

                                                                                    3:54 looks a bit innapropio.

                                                                                    • ArchbishopAK
                                                                                      ArchbishopAK  5 days back

                                                                                      So in some what a way HBOs Chernobyl was propoganda and some what a very very bad and I'll informed representation of the scenario and an event that only once happened on this Earth.
                                                                                      Like really HBO u have disappointed me twice now in a year.