I am amazed at the number of people men and women I was tended to during my 52 days in the hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland and Springbrook Rehab Center in Westbrook fighting off COVID-19.

I survived not just because of the excellent medical care I received but just as important, the compassionate and totally loving care from every member of the team. And it wasn’t just me; it was every patient in there fighting for their lives.

We were not allowed visitors because of the huge breakout of COVID-19. For the entire 52 days I was there, they were the only people with whom I had contact. I will be honest, I consider myself to be a loving and caring individual, but I don’t believe I have the courage to face the dangers of getting COVID-19 or bringing it home to family and friends. Yet here these angels of mercy sacrifice it all without a second thought. They’re reward when asked is seeing their patients return healthy to their loved ones. What a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. My faith is renewed in humanity when I see the selfless sacrifice made by these heroes.

The battle is far from over and we are going to need many more heroes to join the fight not just with this Pandemic but with whatever else comes down the road. I implore anyone who has ever thought, “I would love to do something to help others” to look into the field. From medical to cleaning, and even being a visitor to help calm those who are frightened, this is a field to explore. They need you, they want you and they will be ever thankful for your service.


Richard Bush


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