(WXYZ) — Those on the front-line, our first responders, need our help, cooperation, empathy, and understanding now more than ever. So it is no surprise that doctors are helping doctors.
But the rest of us can too. 7 Action News Reporter Andrea Isom met up with a physician in Troy who is doing what she can to protect those who are working around the clock to protect us.
“I have colleagues that are over-worked, over-stressed, afraid. I have colleagues that don’t have enough equipment to keep them safe. And are very scared of about exposing themselves and then bringing the virus home to their families and contracting it themselves,” says Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Yytell, a board certified plastic surgeon.
Pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic she is an a non-essential physician. However, at a moments notice that could change.
“They don’t need me at this point. But at some point, I may have to become one of those first responders,” says Dr. DeLuca-Pytell.
Like those facing every aspect of this deadly disease, sadly there has been doctors caring for patients with COVID-19 who have met their demise.
“It is heartbreaking to know that I have colleagues on the front line and they may not have the necessary equipment to keep them safe. I have colleagues in Pontiac and Detroit that are starting to run low on supplies,” she says.
That is precisely why the doctor is taking action, gathering masks, gloves, and all of the personal protective equipment in her arsenal.
“I’m going to deliver what I have to them,” says Dr. DeLuca-Pytell.
And she is urging other doctors who can spare what they have to please do the same.
And then there’s the N-95 masks. These are priceless right now for protecting the people who protect us.
“So, if any of the folks at home have some N-95 masks, they are wore for things like wood-working and sanding and painting, please consider donating them to a physician in need. If all the people who have a little bit get together, then we have a lot. That’s the thing I can do, to help make this difficult time less difficult for someone else,” she says with hope in her voice.
And you can too. You can donate them to a first responder in your neighborhoods. And if you don’t know where to go with the equipment, the doctor will help guide.
You can reach her here firstname.lastname@example.org.
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