Hungarians and Americans collected protective kits for a New York hospital where, among others, the wife of Krisztián Köves, a Hungarian film director, works. He reported about what had happened on his Facebook page. Details of the touching story below.
We wrote HERE about Linda, a Hungarian doctor working in the Hot Zone of New York and saving lives there every day, and about her husband, Krisztián Köves, who tries to help her as best as he can. Now, they have started to collect protective kits for the crew of the Jacobi Medical Centre, and they have been very successful in that project, about which Krisztián wrote on his Facebook page.
For example, thanks to Dr Tamás Szabó, an anesthesiologist from the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Centre in South Carolina, they received 480 N95 masks and 10 face shields. Tamás said that
Jenny Thompson, the world’s most successful female swimming champion,
having won 8 Olympic gold medals, helped him in collecting the protective equipment.
Jenny Thompson collected the masks with the help of her GO Jenny GO organisation and through a community financing page (Go Fund Me). Fortunately, she is constantly collecting donations for doctors and nurses fighting on the frontline.
One day later, a pack of protective work goggles arrived thanks to Dorottya Mathe, a Hungarian film producer, who collects such equipment from her friends like Karyn Libretto who sent the goggles and who lives and works in Windham Mountain, Catskills, New York. Then,
100 more goggles arrived at Linda’s hospital,
sent by Bill Weeks (Amnesty International) and organised by Goggles for Docs. Such masks are extremely important for the doctors working in the Jacobi Medical Centre because the danger of becoming infected is very high there, so they can literally save lives.
During that day, two motorcyclists, Kevin and Bryant, arrived at Linda’s hospital, carrying 100 face shields and 5 intubation cubes sent by Joya Ahmad from Masks for Docs. Such cubes are extremely important because, without intubation, patients cannot be attached to breathing machines, but the process is very dangerous in the case of coronavirus patients. For example, in the Jacobi Medical Centre, there were zero cubes before they received those five from the team of FEEL – Film & Entertainment Emergency Logistics, who started to produce protective equipment during the epidemic.
When they arrived with the equipment to the offices of the emergency department, everybody was grateful for them and started using them immediately. The Hungarian couple living in the Big Apple expect to get even more protective equipment. For example, Timea Horvath and her husband, Norbi, will send them
N95 masks from Sidney, Australia.