Charity, 25, and Richard, 36, who work at a trauma center in Little Rock, Arkansas, cared for patients in adjoining ICU units at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. They would schedule their lunches together, where they’d take off their masks, “breathe some fresh air,” hold hands, and eat lunch.
Exhausted after their 12-hour shift, they’d go back to their hotel room to have dinner and watch TV. On one day off, they took the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty.
The couple felt driven to help relieve some of the strain on the hospital’s healthcare workers.
“The fact that they’ve been doing this for two months now, shift after shift, and that they’re handling it with such grace and a good sense of humor and are so upbeat and positive, is just truly inspiring,” Richard says.
Charity and Richard recently returned home early to Little Rock so they can finish their quarantine, in hopes of keeping their May 24 wedding date, “even if it’s in our backyard” with just a few people to avoid a large gathering, Charity says.
The experience of caring for so many critical patients has strengthened their bond, the couple says.
“I got to bring my support system with me,” Richard says. “The person that I want to talk about my rough day or to go to for comfort came with me. It brought us closer.”