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New York doctor sends ventilators to India to help with COVID-19 surge

India launched grim new each day COVID-19 figures on Sunday, reporting greater than 400,000 new instances and 4,000 new deaths in what has develop into the world’s worst surge of the coronavirus. Among these attempting to help is a doctor from New York, who’s sending over a few of the provides that helped his state survive its personal catastrophic surge.

There was a welcome sight at Mumbai International Airport tarmac as a cargo of much-needed medical assist and life-saving provides arrived. Among them had been ventilators which have been arduous to come by. 

It’s a disaster enjoying out throughout India, the place determined households are turning to oxygen clinics on the road whereas these in want of ventilators wait in ambulances outdoors overwhelmed hospitals.

“It is just like what we were dealing with last year in New York,” mentioned Dr. Ash Tewari of Mount Sinai Hospital. “Last year, we were getting all the supplies. People were coming to help us out.”

Tewari is the chairman of Mount Sinai’s urology division. He’s serving to pay it ahead by sending hospitals in India a few of the identical ventilators Mount Sinai acquired on the peak of New York’s COVID outbreak.

Twenty-five ventilators had been part of this supply, as had been 100 sleep apnea machines with kits to convert them into ventilators.

A person affected by COVID-19 receives therapy contained in the emergency room of Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi, India, on May 7, 2021.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

The effort got here collectively with the help of actor and philanthropist Anupam Kher whose philanthropic community helps coordinate the distribution throughout India.

“There are people who are poor, who cannot afford ventilators, who cannot afford medical help. So I think the gesture by Dr. Tewari is going to go far,” Kher informed CBS News.

The mission hits shut to house for Tewari. He’s a COVID survivor and was born and raised in Kanpur, India. He just lately lost a childhood buddy to COVID.

“[The family] tried two hospitals and they couldn’t get a ventilator. And within an hour he was just a memory for me,” he mentioned. “And if it was because of the ventilator, I thought this is something we can do.”

His hope is for different hospitals within the U.S. to comply with swimsuit and ship provides. Each gadget, one potential life saved.

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