Nurse Carly Thomas was among the first health care workers assigned to her western Pennsylvania hospital’s COVID-19 unit in March.
“That day, those nurses prayed,” Thomas, who has worked at Excela Westmoreland Hospital for nine years, told ABC News Pittsburgh affiliate WTAE. “Then they just instantly started to plan what we were going to do and how we were going to take care of these patients.”
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Today, the 15-bed COVID-19 unit Thomas works in is full, and nurses are faced with an emotionally taxing responsibility: video-calling dying patients’ families so they can say goodbye.
“I’ve held the patient’s hand while they die,” Thomas said. “I’ve FaceTimed