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Heroes of COVID-19: Northwest Medical Center

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Every day, people are risking their lives on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 virus.

This month on News 4 Tucson, we are paying tribute and want to thank those heroes.

Some of those heroes can be found at Northwest Hospital not with capes on, but hospital gowns and extra PPE instead caring for patients day in and day out.

A hero is someone that stands out, doing good and pushing for the betterment of everyone. News 4 Tucson asked dozens of nurses and staff Northwest Hospital:

Q: Are you a hero?

Their answers all pointed towards someone else. In the end, they said it's been and always will be a team effort.

For almost a year, health care workers have suited up and have stepped through the front door of Northwest Medical Center not knowing what's in store for the day.

Jose Granados, the ICU Director at Northwest Medical Center said every day is a new challenge

"It can be overwhelming," Granados said. "We go in every day and every night trying to take care of patients that are suffering."

Emotions run high daily as nurses turn into interim family members shifting and becoming the only support team for some. Some nurses told News 4 Tucson they've had to hold their hand in their patients final moments. Sally Fung, the Clinical Director at the Oro Valley Hospital said she never thought she'd experience that moment.

"Forget about all the numbers, all of the monitors, all the numbers, be there with your patient. show them they are not alone," Fung said. "We are the only people the patients have for weeks and months while they're here."

Kyle Fecteau, a register nurse and ICU educator said this isn't a solo talk, but it takes an entire team.

"Do I consider myself a hero? No," Fecteau said. 'There is not a single individual in there that does it by themselves. That might have not been the story a year ago."

Every day these heroes come in ready to work and ready to fight, getting your family members off of a ventilator. Some nurses said some workers are scared of what happens outside of the hospital doors.

"Being fearful of exposing your own families and taking something home an having to be cautious at all times," Granados said.

Many also said they are dealing with their personal fears.

In the end, they choose to come to work every day because they're heroes. Heroes that won't stop and will continue to bring loved ones home back to their families.

"There have been days where there are tears as I'm looking at patients and looking at data, and you get sad that you are losing people to a virus, but those days motivate you to do more to protect the people that are coming through their doors." Fecteau said.