We call our health care professionals heroes of the pandemic for good reason! Not only are they working around the clock to save lives, but they’re also risking their own safety to do so.
Bridgette Robinson, a nursing assistant in New Orleans, Louisiana, recently contracted COVID-19. While she was fighting for her life in the hospital, Sylvia Johnson, her daughter, somehow found the strength to continue helping others in the same building.
Sylvia is a nurse at Ochsner North Shore, the hospital where Bridgette spent weeks on a ventilator. Although the circumstances were incredibly difficult, Sylvia kept saving lives while her coworkers gave her updates on Bridgette.
“It definitely was scary and heartbreaking,” Sylvia told the “Today” show’s Hoda Kotb. “Especially the fact that she’s my best friend.”
Fortunately, her 54-year-old mom pulled through! In April, Bridgette finally left the hospital while everyone cheered.
After everything the two of them went through, Kotb felt the mother and daughter deserved something special. So in the middle of a Zoom interview about Bridgette’s recovery, Kotb welcomed a surprise guest into the call — Blake Shelton!
“Everything about this disease, I mean, you guys are out there on the front lines fighting it, and now you’re a survivor of it,” Shelton told them. “And you’ve got each other, and that’s really what this is all about.”
Moved by their story, the country star treated them to a live performance of “God Gave Me You,” a song worthy of their bond.
Before he began, he said, “I want to dedicate this song from me to you guys as nurses, and being there on the front lines, and I think this song really speaks to your relationship with each other.”
Bridgette wasn’t the only one left in tears. Her medical team was watching from afar, and they couldn’t help celebrating with her once again!
What a beautiful way to honor these frontline heroes! We’re so glad Bridgette is on the road to recovery and back with her daughter.
Watch the sweet surprise play out in the video below, and share their story to thank every health care worker. For more joy and hope, check out the Coronavirus Good News Dashboard.
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