A nurse is providing photos of loved ones for coronavirus patients to help comfort them

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A nurse in Massachusetts has found a way to connect COVID-19 patients with their loved ones while they are hospitalized.Jeanna Barbieri, who works at Lowell General Hospital, has been a registered nurse for nearly a decade, but she says nothing could have prepared her for the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.“Surreal is the word I keep saying. Everything just feels unreal right now,” Barbieri said. “I was in a room with a woman who was very ill, critically ill, and was, quite frankly, not even going to make it out of the (emergency room). I spent five hours in a room with her (so she wouldn’t be alone).”Despite the emotionally and physically exhausting 12-hour shifts, Barbieri still wanted to do more for her patients. She decided to purchase a printer and vowed to get them pictures of their loved ones.One of those patients was Ann Newell, who was admitted to Lowell General Hospital last week. Two of Newell’s grandchildren, Aarika Caloggero and Tayla Savage, soon learned about Barbieri’s pictures for patients program.On Sunday, Barbieri was able to get Newell pictures of all her grandchildren. The 88-year-old died the next day.“That was an emotional moment for me,” Barbieri said. “I got into my car and let it all come out.”“They’re supposed to post them on your wall, but she said no. She wanted to hold on to them,” Caloggero said. “I truly believe she needed those pictures to let go.”“(Jeanna) is an angel on Earth. She’s truly an exceptional person,” Savage said. “There’s no way we could ever repay her or express our sincere gratitude to her.”Barbieri said she has since learned hospitals in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Ohio are going to adopt her pictures for patients program.

A nurse in Massachusetts has found a way to connect COVID-19 patients with their loved ones while they are hospitalized.

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Jeanna Barbieri, who works at Lowell General Hospital, has been a registered nurse for nearly a decade, but she says nothing could have prepared her for the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Surreal is the word I keep saying. Everything just feels unreal right now,” Barbieri said. “I was in a room with a woman who was very ill, critically ill, and was, quite frankly, not even going to make it out of the (emergency room). I spent five hours in a room with her (so she wouldn’t be alone).”

Despite the emotionally and physically exhausting 12-hour shifts, Barbieri still wanted to do more for her patients. She decided to purchase a printer and vowed to get them pictures of their loved ones.

One of those patients was Ann Newell, who was admitted to Lowell General Hospital last week. Two of Newell’s grandchildren, Aarika Caloggero and Tayla Savage, soon learned about Barbieri’s pictures for patients program.

On Sunday, Barbieri was able to get Newell pictures of all her grandchildren. The 88-year-old died the next day.

“That was an emotional moment for me,” Barbieri said. “I got into my car and let it all come out.”

“They’re supposed to post them on your wall, but she said no. She wanted to hold on to them,” Caloggero said. “I truly believe she needed those pictures to let go.”

“(Jeanna) is an angel on Earth. She’s truly an exceptional person,” Savage said. “There’s no way we could ever repay her or express our sincere gratitude to her.”

Barbieri said she has since learned hospitals in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Ohio are going to adopt her pictures for patients program.

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