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Hospital nurses are unsung heroes

By Staff | May 20, 2020

To the editor:

I have just returned as a patient from four days at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers and I thank God not only that I am OK, but that I had the chance to experience first hand the expert care of every nurse I had — every single one, who entered my room with kindness, patience, and a smile, assuring me that all would be fine. They were never too busy to listen and explain what I didn’t understand.

All of this, knowing that they were risking their own lives during this global health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are the unsung heroes in today’s world. Their names will never be known or written in any history book. Without a doubt, new words would have to be minted to describe such self dedication and sacrifice not only by them but the entire hospital staff. When the long day came to an end and I looked out my window at the lights turning on in the city, despite the fact that I was all alone and frightened, I knew that there were people here who cared for me. And it was then that I remembered that wonderful line from the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams, “You can always depend on the kindness of strangers.

My God and His angels keep them safe and bless them and all the staff at Gulf Coast Hospital.

Dr. Thomas Gaetano Palumbo

Lehigh Acres