Earlier this month, Jennifer Socci, a nurse at Auburn Community Hospital was deployed to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
It was one of the hardest hit areas of New York City during the pandemic.
“It’s bad,” Socci said. “I’m on a 12-bed unit and eight or nine of them were intubated and just last night two more were intubated. They are being proned, which is flipping on their belly to allow the lungs to expand more because this disease is not allowing people to breathe.”
She works 12 hour days, seven days a week. Her children and parents were worried when she first decided to go help, but ultimately, they supported the move.
“She was setting the right example for her children, but she was setting an example that you don’t often get to do,” said John Socci to LocalSYR.com. He’s Jennifer’s father.
“My parents have buried two of their kids and I am their only remaining daughter, which was my biggest apprehension in this. If something happens to me, I don’t know how they’d react,” Jennifer added. “When I’m in with a patient, even if they are sedated, I talk to them as if they were my family member and if they make it out of this, I hope they have some recollection of kindness.”