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Okanagan couple return home after assisting Italian hospital in battle against COVID-19

Image Credit: Samaritan’s Purse
May 17, 2020 - 11:15 AM

An Okanagan couple is back home after fighting COVID-19 in Italy.

Kelowna resident Ian Larrett and his wife Carolyn returned to the Okanagan after spending a month in Cremona, Italy from March 18 to April 17 at the Samaritan’s Purse emergency field hospital, according to a Samaritan’s Purse news release.

Ian, 34, a paramedic and Carolyn, an ER nurse at Kelowna General Hospital, were there as part of the hospital staff, according to the release.

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The hospital was set up, at the invitation of the local government, because the number of coronavirus victims overwhelmed local medical facilities. This is Ian’s first deployment with Samaritan’s Purse, according to the release.

Image Credit: Samaritan’s Purse

Ian assisted nurses, did maintenance work on hospital equipment and filled in as an x-ray technician, performing more than 300 x-rays while there.

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