Franklin Graham’s evangelical humanitarian charity Samaritan’s Purse opened a field hospital in northern Italy to help fight COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organization, the coronavirus in Italy has affected over 74,300 people and claimed over 7,500 lives as of March 26. Medical infrastructures in the area are being overwhelmed and necessary care can’t be access by families.
In response to the medical emergency happening in Italy, Samaritan’s Purse opened a medical facility on March 20th. The field hospital is right beside the Cremona Hospital.
“The situation in Italy is desperate,” Samaritan’s Purse CEO Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, said in a statement. “That’s why our team of disaster response specialists are on the front lines — providing life-saving medical care and sharing God’s love to people who are hurting.”
Filed hospital in Italy
The evangelical charity airlifted the emergency field hospital, respiratory therapists, doctors, and nurses to Italy by a DC-8 cargo plane. According to Kelly Suter, medical director for Samaritan’s Purse Respiratory Care Unit, said that medical professionals in the community are grateful for their help.
“Almost every person that I talk to almost breaks into tears,” Kelly said. “They’ve felt abandoned, they’ve felt helpless. They’ve been looking for a miracle and they are absolutely grateful that we’re here and ready to fight alongside them.”
Samaritan’s Purse’s purpose
The evangelical humanitarian charity is sacrificing for the name of Jesus. They are there to not just help heal those suffering with COVID-19, but also to spread the love of Jesus Christ.
“Every time Samaritan’s Purse responds to a disaster, we respond in Jesus’ name,” Billy Graham said. “So we’re going to the people in Italy who are suffering and dying to care for them, to love them. And to tell them about God’s Son Jesus Christ.”
Reference: The Christian Post