An NHS nurse was called a "f****** Chinese c***" by a hospital patient, the nurse later revealed on Twitter.
Aldarico Jr Velasco, a staff nurse at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, shared the moment he was subjected to a racist outburst during a shift on Saturday.
The vile abuse left Aldarico – who is originally from the Philippines – staring at the ceiling for 10 minutes in reflection once he got home, he admitted.
Mr Velasco, who has a considerable social media following, wrote: "A patient just shouted at me and called me a f****** Chinese c***.
"Work colleagues were quick to defend & rally behind me but man, it was sad. So I went home.
"Stared at the ceiling for 10 mins. Took a shower, sent this tweet & prepared for another day of work tom."
After revealing how the encounter affected him, Aldarico later admitted he was overwhelmed by the response to the incident on Twitter.
Checking the social network after a run, the nurse found his tweet had been commented, liked and shared thousands of times.
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Among those was controversial former MP George Galloway, who said: "God bless you and keep you, dear Nurse.
"We treasure you and hold you in the highest regard.
"There are strange and disturbed people in every land, more so in these times. What happened to you is not acceptable but neither is it our natural national character."
The nurse added: "Went out for a quick run and was surprised with all your messages of support. Thank you.
"I was alone in the flat when I came back from work so there's really no one to speak to in person but all of you in the virtual world made my Filipino heart happy and appreciated.
"Just don't tell my parents back in the Philippines about this, else they will cry again and ask me to come back home ;).
"My mother told me to always be kind and understanding and tonight you all proved that a simple act of kindness goes a long way."
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