The nurse and her violin give an encouraging note to COVID-19 patients in Chile

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The nurse and her violin give an encouraging note to COVID-19 patients in Chile





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Chilean nurse Damaris Silva plays the violin for patients infected with COVID-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the El Pino hospital, in Santiago de Chile, on July 9, 2020.


Damaris Silva was faced in May with the greatest challenge of her nursing job at the El Pino Hospital, one of the centers most pressured by the coronavirus crisis in Chile. But she turned to her violin for the great comfort of her patients and colleagues.

With his voice, his violin and also his faith, Damaris decided that in those dark days in the hospital, after a 9-hour day, he would sing melodies that could be heard by comatose patients, cased patients, and others from the intensive care units. that just a little better they passed the pandemic with fear of losing the battle in El Pino, located in the southern and humble part of Santiago.


Chilean nurse Damaris Silva plays the violin for patients infected with COVID-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the El Pino hospital, in Santiago de Chile, on July 9, 2020.


© MARTIN BERNETTI
Chilean nurse Damaris Silva plays the violin for patients infected with COVID-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the El Pino hospital, in Santiago de Chile, on July 9, 2020.


“Many have written to me, people who have been hospitalized and have told me that maybe I did not measure the happiness that was causing them at that time or that through a song they could feel that God was with them and feel a little more than tranquility, “Damaris told AFP.

This 26-year-old nursing technician transmits affection with her eyes and ends her shift exhausted.

But although her two little ones, 10 and 3 years old, are waiting for her at home – in the care of her electrician husband -, on Tuesdays and Thursdays she stays one more hour in this public hospital where the staff has been shouldering a pandemic for three months. ranked Chile among the 10 countries with the most cases and deaths in the world.


Damaris's music has also served as an outlet for the rest of the medical staff who work in the ICU and who are part of the front line of the entire healthcare network in Chile that fights against the coronavirus and has left more than 306,000 infected.


© Martin BERNETTI
Damaris’s music has also served as an outlet for the rest of the medical staff who work in the ICU and who are part of the front line of the entire healthcare network in Chile that fights against the coronavirus and has left more than 306,000 infected.


They now have 200 patients hospitalized with coronavirus, and don’t forget the anguish of May when a long line of ambulances waited on the street while inside they hurried to arrange beds and put fans on. The hospital is still full, but the pressure has dropped a bit.

Singing the famous bolero “Bésame Mucho”, the success of the Colombian Bacilos “Tabaco y Chanel” or “Te Amaré” by the Spanish Miguel Bosé, in addition to Christian music, Damaris walks the halls of the Intensive Care Units (ICU) and also Take a tour of motherhood.

– Wake up to the sound of a violin –

“Listening to his talent, with his violin I started to wake up from my coma,” said Daniel Pizarro, a 43-year-old man who during the worst weeks of the pandemic in Santiago, was in a coma from an accident and did not get infected. of COVID-19, something that also attributes to these “heroes” of Health.

Pizarro said that “he felt a great emotion” when Damaris “began to play his music” and he began to move his hands and feet.

The audience at Damaris are critically ill patients with induced coma, even patients who have been recovering and appreciate the unexpected concert with a smile, a nod of approval or nodding behind the windows of their ICU rooms and other sectors. where he also plays his violin.

Damaris’s music has also served as an outlet for the rest of the medical staff who work in the ICU and who are part of the front line of the entire healthcare network in Chile that fights against the coronavirus and has left more than 306,000 infected.

In addition, Chile has more than 6,600 deaths confirmed by PCR tests (swab), but more than 10,000 considering probable deaths.

On Thursday, when night fell, Damaris closed his “concert” interpreting “Dancing with your Shadow Alelí” by the Argentine Víctor Heredia, a grateful gesture between cheers and applause by his colleagues.

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