An elderly woman made a tough decision not to visit her dying husband during the coronavirus pandemic.
The woman chose not to visit her husband, who was dying due to COVID-19 complications, because she didn’t want to take the hospital’s personal protective equipment away from the staff.
Blaire Guidry, a cardiac intensive nurse, told Today that the woman’s decision brought her to tears. She described the woman’s actions as selfless.
“This was probably the most difficult time in her life, and she was thinking of us,” Guidry said. “She was aware of the shortages and knew she would have to go into the room with a gown and a mask.”
Guidry is on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in New Orleans, Louisana, at Ochsner Medical Center CMICU. She posted a message to her Facebook page explaining how no one ever could have fathomed the types of decisions being made by people affected by coronavirus.
“I can’t thank my team enough for making every day a little bit brighter. We are so much stronger together,” Guidry said in the Facebook post.
First responders and healthcare workers across the country are struggling with a shortage of masks, goggles, and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
Last month, Kious Kelly, an assistant nursing manager at Mount Sinai West in New York City, passed away after contracting the virus. Kelly had asthma, but was otherwise in good health. The news of Kelly’s death comes after a photo emerged of healthcare workers at Mount Sinai West wearing garbage bags as protective gear.
Guidry said nurses and doctors at her hospital in New Orleans are “very, very protected” but said they are reusing gowns and masks.