“‘Be There Bears’ bring messages from family to coronavirus patients

“For ICU nurses like Michelle Vaughan, treating COVID-19 patients has become the new normal.

“It’s incredibly scary,” she said. “We’re incredibly emotionally compacted by this.”

Michelle is a registered nurse at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond. She sees first hand the battles that coronavirus patients fight, often in isolation, as families are kept away.

…Michelle, with the help of Wright, developed stuffed bears that could include a 20-second recording from family members. The nurses could record the message over the phone and onto a device that was then sewn inside the bear. So far, they’ve made 25 of the bears for patients who are either sedated or intubated and have seen what the happiness of just having a loved one’s voice beside them can do.”

Read more at nbc12.com

By Marc Davis

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