“You cry with them,” says Bronson nurse during Kalamazoo COVID-19 watch
“You cry with them,” says Bronson nurse during Kalamazoo COVID-19 watch

“You cry with them,” says Bronson nurse during Kalamazoo COVID-19 watch

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – David Blair is not sure why he survived his hospitalization with COVID-19, but said he wants to be an inspiration to others.

At one point, while he was a patient at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Blair was told to call and talk to his loved ones. No one told him it could be his last goodbye, he said, but it was implied.

“I do not know exactly why I survived, but I’m glad I did; knowing that it is hope and inspiration for not only the people in the world who can hear it, but also the workers in the hospital, Said Blair.

He was one of the people who spoke during a virtual memorial service for COVID-19 through Bronson Healthcare. A full video of the virtual the candlelight vigil can be seen here.

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The work of COVID-19 patients can be heard, registered nurse Alesia Lewandowski said during the shift.

“You cry with them,” Lewandowski said. “You listen to their stories. They say goodbye. It’s hard to talk about without being emotional.”

Fawn Jennings tries to make sure she and others smile and experience life, even after her son, Trevor Jennings, died of COVID-19 at the age of 27. He wanted others to experience life, his mother said.

“That’s what we’re trying to do to keep Trevor’s memory alive,” Jennings said.

There are days when patient care assistant Juanita Baker said she has trouble sleeping after work, but she’s still coming back.

“I always pray a prayer before I get to work,” Baker said. “I pray for my colleagues and my family as well as my patients.”

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