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'Dear nurses, we feel for you': Padma Lakshmi

By Rediff Get Ahead
April 09, 2020 10:15 IST
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The supermodel's gratitude post, in which she acknowledges the work of nurses across the world, is winning the Internet for all the right reasons.

Padma Lakshmi with her mother

IMAGE: Padma Lakshmi shared this photograph in which she is seen with her mother Vijaya who worked as a nurse before she retired. Photographs: Courtesy Padma Lakshmi/Instagram

India born American supermodel Padma Lakshmi recently wrote a long post thanking the health staff, particularly nurses, who are working to prevent the spread of coronavirus globally.

Sharing a couple of pictures with her mother who worked as a nurse, Padma said that often, nurses don't get the credit they deserve.

'In many hospitals today across the world, nurses (like doctors) are weeping from fatigue, a lack of equipment and safety gear, and a constant fear of bringing the disease home to their own families at night,' Padma Lakshmi pointed out.

The post has since been liked by over 30,000 people on Instagram.

You can read it below:

'My mom is a registered nurse who came to this country in the 1970s.

'America had a shortage of qualified health professionals at that time and she wanted a new life for us here. So both parties got something out of the bargain. Many nurses to this day are immigrants from all over the world. ⁣

'Growing up with a mom who is a nurse had its ups and downs. I had to be delirious with fever or vomiting blood for her to let me stay home from school. I had to share her with cancer patients in the 70s, AIDS patients in the 80s, and mental health patients after that. But when I did get seriously ill, she was right there 24/7 and knew exactly what to do better than anyone else in the hospital.

'She has dedicated herself to the care and well-being of others for almost 50 years. In a way, nurses are very much like good moms are supposed to be. They care for you, check on you, comfort you, and clean you up even when you are unkind and ungrateful in return. ⁣

'To be a nurse is not only to have a career, but to answer a calling. You have to be a people person. And very patient. Because they’re the ones who do the grunt work in healthcare, and you’ll be seeing their faces a lot more in the course of your hospital stay than anyone else’s.⁣ ⁣

'Today as our world is being devastated by this virus, I want to salute my mother (now retired) and all the nurses who selflessly put their health and sanity on the line for the well-being of others daily.

'Nurses are our first line of defense in any health care issue and we don’t often give them the credit (or pay) they deserve. Doing their job well means they don’t see wealth or religion or color when you arrive at the hospital. What they see is a person in need and then endeavor to meet those needs and return you healthy to the outside world. In many hospitals today across the world, nurses (like doctors) are weeping from fatigue, a lack of equipment and safety gear, and a constant fear of bringing the disease home to their own families at night.⁣

'Dear Nurses-We see you, we feel for you and most of all we want you to know that our gratitude is too big to put into words. Oh, and thanks Amma. Your patients were lucky to have you.'

Here are some pictures Padma Lakshmi shared of her mother along with the post:

Padma Lakshmi thanks her mother and nurses in a gratitude post

Padma Lakshmi thanks her mother and nurses in a gratitude post

Padma Lakshmi thanks her mother and nurses in a gratitude post

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