On the 21st of February, we had our first diagnosis.
And on the same day, we had dozens of patients arriving.
It just started on that day-- on the 21st in the afternoon--
and it has not end up yet.
It's not only taking care of the patients
and not knowing exactly which is the best treatment.
The risk of getting infected--
some of my staff has been infected, yes.
We saw how tired they were, and they verbalized that to us.
We saw their fatigue--
how they're literally on adrenaline.
They're doing an amazing job, but they couldn't do it alone.
They had, literally, patients lining the hallways, stacked up
50 deep in the emergency room.
And what we came to do was to support them,
to help relieve some of that pressure.
Samaritan's Purse flew in a 68-bed emergency field
hospital, that we've converted to a respiratory care unit.
It's a specialized unit to help take
care of only COVID patients.
We have approximately 10 ICU beds,
two step down beds, and then 56 regular beds.
We have a medical staff of approximately 60 to 70 people
that care 24 hours a day for the patients we have.
The medical staff at Cremona Hospital
is doing an outstanding job, and we
see this as just a continuation of their health care.
We're just trying to work with them
and support them, and take some of the burden off of them.
And that's our main role.
This area was completely packed with patients
waiting for a bed.
There were no beds available.
So this is a waiting room, and they had to use as a ward,
in a way.
Now, the majority of the patients that
were here all to Samaritan Purse's hospital.
We're called to be the hands and the feet of Jesus.
And we really want to make sure that if Jesus calls us to go,
And we run into the fire, not away from the fire.
I work in the ICU.
And success here looks like a patient getting better,
and able to come off the life support,
and us being able to wake them up and get
them to breathe on their own.
We've definitely seen some significant progress made
from some of these patients.
They have kind of blown our socks
off with how quickly they've gotten better.
And we just give all the glory to God,
because there's no way that we, in our simple medicine
and as much as we can do--
we cannot make these patients better as quickly as they have
Just to see the little improvements day to day
gives us encouragement and gives us hope.
And I'm grateful for that.
And we celebrate those victories,
because those are victories.
I start to realize that something
was going wrong with me--
was not getting better.
And so they sent me here, to your organization.
And I'm sure that this definitely changed my life.
I'm sure because I feel it.
Many of you came here, praying with me, taking my hand.
It has been very important moment.
I know this is the only reason why--
this coalition of people praying for me.
I couldn't imagine to have this love around me.
We just came in and stood beside them
and took some of the burden.
And I think that is the biggest hope that this community was
We pour ourselves into our patients.
We love them.
So when we do have patients that die, it's crushing to us.
We feel a part of their lives, and we grieve for that.
And then we look at all the patients
that have walked out the doors, and who
will walk out the doors, and we focus on that.
And we trust God with the death and the life,
and all the in between.