Coronavirus patient cured of virus leaves touching message for medical staff

Healthcare workers on the frontline make sacrifices in the pandemic

Jean Lee
New York
Thursday 26 March 2020 16:50 GMT
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A Covid-19 patient who was recently discharged from Cleveland Clinic left behind a message thanking the intensive care unit staff that tended to him. The patient wrote on the glass door separating the isolation room where healthcare workers often communicated with him. Cleveland Clinic shared the message on their Instagram.

“This window has been the most impactful window in my life. On days when I watched you work hard to keep me and others alive, unable to thank you for the time that you poured into me — and although I will probably never get the chance to pour that same love and support into you, I want you to know that I think you all are rockstars," the note said.

"I watched some of you have good nights and some bad nights but what was consistent every night was that you care for people," he continued.

To finish, he added: "Today I leave this ICU a changed person, hopefully for the better, not only because of your medical healing and God’s direction and guidance, but with the fact of knowing that there are such wonderful people dedicated to the care and concern of others. God bless each of you.”

As of Thursday, there are 704 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ohio and 184 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health. There have been 75 patients admitted to the intensive care unit.

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the infection rate in New York was increasing, and that the state could be two weeks away from a health crisis of 40,000 people in intensive care.

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other healthcare staff are on the frontlines of the pandemic. Many healthcare workers have started taking extreme measures to prevent infecting their families. Last week, Heather Tubbs Cooley, a paediatric nurse in Ohio, told the Washington Post that her husband, a physician, removes his clothes in their garage, changes, and heads to the shower before interacting with his children.

Doctors have contracted Covid-19, sometimes fatally. Peng Yinhua, a 29-year-old Chinese doctor postponed his wedding to attend to patients in Wuhan as the virus spread in February. Dr Yinhua died from the virus on February 21.

Li Wenliang, 34, who first sounded the alarm on the seriousness of Covid-19, died on February 7. He left behind his pregnant wife and son.

Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy, a 67-year-old retired doctor, returned to practice at the emergency ward in Compiègne hospital, France. He died on March 21.

Cleveland Clinic's Instagram post of the Covid-19 patient's note shares a caption: "To our caregivers, you uplift and inspire us all."

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