If you haven’t had your daily weep yet, you’ll want to reach for what is probably the last box of tissues on Earth and settle in for this heartwarming story, captured on video at a New York City hospital.
The viral video is a rare glimpse of joy in New York, where the coronavirus pandemic has stretched some hospitals to the brink.
Judging by the somber news headlines, it can be hard to maintain hope about the situation in this once-bustling metropolis. But one hospital has been regularly reminding people to keep hope alive by borrowing Journey’s epic tune “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which they are playing when COVID-19 patients are released.
For the past week at New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, staff members have taken to blasting the rallying song by Journey and cheering for recovered COVID-19 patients as they are being discharged from the hospital. They shared a video of one of these moments on Twitter:
As a message of hope during these challenging times, #NYPQueens plays Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” throughout the hospital each time a #COVID19 patient is discharged and on the road to recovery. Learn more with @GMA: https://t.co/kJmaxE7oAi pic.twitter.com/YVhPOcoQFC
— NewYork-Presbyterian Queens (@NYPQueens) April 14, 2020
“Every patient discharge gives hope to New York-Presbyterian Queens staff,” Jaclyn Mucaria, president of New York-Presbyterian Queens told “Good Morning America.” “They are encouraged to see their patients recovering and going home.”
The heartening send-off acts as a morale-boost for everyone who witnesses it as we continue to battle the global pandemic. After all, if these patients were able to beat the virus, there’s reason to keep believin’ that others will, too.
It can be difficult to find the silver linings these days, but joy and gratitude tend to seep in during even the darkest of times.
People have been celebrating the wins whenever they can outside of New York, too. In New Jersey, an older gentleman stood outside the emergency room at the Morristown Medical Center with a sign expressing his thanks to the ER team that saved his wife’s life.
Registered nurse Allison Swendsen snapped a picture of the man’s heartfelt gesture and posted it to Twitter, writing, “All the feels … I love my job!”
— Allison S. (@allie211) March 26, 2020
If that doesn’t yank on your heartstrings, we don’t know what will!