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Heartbreaking gratitude of elderly man whose wife was saved by nurse amid coronavirus crisis
This photo shoes the heartbreaking act of gratitude an elderly man expressed towards the hero nurse who saved his wife amid the coronavirus crisis.
Doctors, nurses and workers at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey were moved to tears when they saw the man, who has not been identified, holding up a sign in their window thanking them for saving his wife’s life, although it is unclear if she was a coronavirus patient.
Emergency room nurse Allison Swendsen snapped the photo of the man and shared it with nurses in her department, including Paige Vander Vliet who sent it to her sister-in-law who shared it on Facebook, where it garnered widespread attention online.
‘This picture brought us all to tears. It’s amazing to see not only the ER staff but all the floors coming together during this challenging time.’
‘We couldn’t do this without nurses, techs, residents, doctors, secretaries, registrars, housekeeping,’ Vander Vliet told NorthJersey.com.
Hospital staff said they did not recognize the man, but they appreciated his message.
‘We don’t know who the man is, we don’t know who his wife is. The nurses happened to be there and took his picture. What’s beautiful is that’s all we know,’ said Karen, Zatorski, Senior Public Relations Manager at Morristown Medical Center.
Residents have reportedly come together in Morris County to support healthcare workers battling the deadly outbreak, including Jessica Curry who has organized neighbors in Parsipanny to few fabric masks for workers at Morristown Medical Center.
Local school biology departments in the area have also been donating gloves, tongue depressors and swabs amid the public health crisis that has been draining resources from hospitals.
‘It’s also great to see how the community is coming together by donating masks, gloves, crocs, ect. It’s so unbelievably heartwarming,’ Vander Vliet said.