It has been over 6 months since coronavirus took over the entire world. The pandemic has not only created chaos across the world, but has also led to a global shortage of ventilators and other medical equipment which help treat the patients who are affected.
Amid this crisis, many heartwarming cases of humanity and sacrifice poured in from around the world. Even the elderly, who are the most vulnerable helped in during these times. And two such elderly heroes sacrificed their lives as their contribution.
About a month back, a 90-year-old woman by name of Suzanne Hoylaerts died in Belgium after refusing the use of a ventilator for her treatment of coronavirus. She told the doctors that she already had a good life and they should save the ventilator for younger patients.
I don't want to use artificial respiration. Save it for younger patients. I already had a good life.
"Suzanne Hoylaerts" from Belgium, aged 90, died of an infection of #coronavirus & refused to be placed on a ventilator & said, "I lived a happy life, I leave that device to the younger ones. She sacrificed her life in the hope of saving the lives of others.— Mustafa Batnain 🇵🇸 (@MustafaBatnain) April 1, 2020
Rest in peace💔 pic.twitter.com/eNrPD8JeZD
This wasn't only such case of sacrifice. A 72-year-old Italian priest by the name of Don Giuseppe Berardelli also refused access to a ventilator for the same reason as Suzanne’s. He thought the ventilators would be of better use to younger patients. He succumbed to coronavirus in March.
Don Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, died March 15 at a hospital in Lovere, Italy after declining to use the medical equipment that his parishioners were said to have bought for him.— Yoni Michanie (@YoniMichanie) March 24, 2020
He gave his ventilator to a child, who he had never met.
He saved the child’s life. pic.twitter.com/vn4xj7Embs
Instances like these not only restore our faith in humanity during these tough times but also make these elders our true heroes.