May 06, 2020
American actor Mark Wahlberg commented on an inspiring story shared by a healthcare worker who narrated her experience with a patient at a hospital she volunteered at for 21 days.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the unsung heroes who have remained at the frontlines since the beginning of the pandemic up until this moment have been the medical workers.
They have remained steadfast in attending to sick patients, while also ensuring that people do not contract the deadly virus. Many people have appreciated the efforts of these health workers, but sometimes even words are not enough.
A volunteer nurse, Taylor Campbell, narrated her experience with a sick patient at the Metropolitan hospital, New York, leading to so many messages from people, including actor Mark Wahlberg.
In her post, Campbell described how an intubated patient at the Metropolitan hospital had been squeezing her hands for the past several days. The patient was finally strong enough to be extubated. Campbell also wrote:
"This morning, I gave her her morning medications, and when I told her I was leaving the room, she shook her head no. I asked if she wanted me to stay longer, and she shook her head, yes."
Campbell stayed fifteen minutes longer with the patient, holding her hand. When it was finally time for the patient to be extubated, she held on to the nurse's hand throughout the process.
After being successfully extubated, the patient spoke her first words to Campbell, telling the nurse, "I love you." This caused the nurse's heart to explode, and soon she started sobbing in the room.
Campbell described the moment as a beautiful one, and soon, the patient repeated the same words to her, this time stronger. Campbell also explained that she has been with the patient for fifteen days, during which she remained vented.
The actor said that it was inspiring to see care and compassion all over the world, especially in difficult circumstances.
The patient was tired, but continued to mouth words, and told Campbell she always wanted her in the room to hold her hand. That day was the 21st day of Campbell's stay at the hospital and also her last, but she had a great experience, of which she wrote:
"My time here at Metropolitan hospital is complete. I am just thankful that on day 21, I had this experience with my patient. I feel my purpose of coming here was to save her life."
The post by the nurse touched a lot of people's hearts, bringing tears to many's face. Mark Wahlberg, in his comment, said that Campbell was a healthcare hero on the frontlines.
The actor also said that it was inspiring to see care and compassion all over the world, especially in difficult circumstances like the one the world is experiencing at the moment.
Mark Wahlberg also posted an emotional video on Instagram, showing the strives of health workers, and in the caption, enjoined people who knew frontline health workers to send them words of appreciation and encouragement for their bravery in these tough times.
Nurse Campbell hails from South Kingston, Rhode Island. She is a degree holder from The Catholic University of America and Simmons University.