- Medical supplies of protective gear in hospitals are running low amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- One doctor in Duluth working at the coronavirus quarantine unit of the hospital was pulled over for speeding.
- In place of a speeding ticket for the violation committed, the state trooper handed over his N95 masks to the doctor knowing that there is a limited supply in protective gear at hospitals across the country.
Dr. Sarosh Ashraf Janjua was moved to tears after she was pulled over by Minnesota State Trooper Brian Schwartz for speeding on March 21. This was because the doctor had found herself on the receiving end of a heartwarming act of kindness instead of the speeding ticket she had expected.
State Trooper Brian Schwartz gave the doctor a warning for the speeding and handed over five N95 masks he was supposed to use for his protection.
The doctor posted on Facebook the incident and the recent kindness on the road. “I burst into tears. And though it may just have been the cold wind, I think he teared up a little as well, before wishing me well and walking away”
“This complete stranger, who owed me nothing and is more on the front lines than I am, shared his precious masks with me, without my even asking,” she continued.
Minnesota State Patrol released a statement after the incident on the road. Trooper Brian gave away the N-95 masks after noticing that the doctor had what appeared to be used masks in her purse, which the officer assumed she was reusing because of the limited supplies of protective gear in hospitals across the country.
There are limited supplies of these N95 respirator masks for health care workers treating coronavirus patients. This leads to a compromised personal protective equipment, putting doctors and other medical workers at risk of contracting the virus.
The doctor, like millions of health care workers around the world, finds herself “afraid” of not being able to protect herself using the proper equipment, especially since she works as a cardiologist at the coronavirus quarantine unit in Duluth. She would also be in a difficult position if she contracted coronavirus herself, especially since she works far away from home.
The Minnesota State Patrol Facebook Page dedicated one of their posts to the doctor. “Thank you to Sarosh for her hard work and dedication.” The post continued saying, “Troopers are working hard during the pandemic and are thinking about all the first responders who are caring for Minnesotans during this critical time.”
These acts of kindness from family, friends, and strangers remind us that nothing can take away our unity in times crises like this global pandemic has struck.
“I think we are all just hanging on to something that makes us feel safe,” Dr. Sarosh said. “Somehow, for Americans, that something has become N95 masks and toilet paper. Trooper Schwartz’ act of kindness became my something.”