Children uplift COVID-19 patients by sending them 'get-well' cards

Children uplift COVID-19 patients by sending them 'get-well' cards

- Some medical professionals came up with an initiative to uplift the spirits of COVID-19 patients by encouraging parents to motivate their kids to make get-well cards and letters for the patients

- According to a report by Manila Bulletin Lifestyle, RITM infectious disease physician Dr. Nicole Perreras, together with pediatricians Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas and Dr. Tricia Subido-Carino, started the project

- This aims to cheer up and give some kind of comfort to the patients battling the disease

- Anyone who wants to participate may send their cards and letters to covidletters2@gmail.com

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Some medical professionals came up with an idea to uplift the spirits of the patients with coronavirus disease by encouraging parents to motivate their kids to make get-well cards and letters for them.

According to a report by Manila Bulletin Lifestyle, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) infectious disease physician Dr. Nicole Perreras, together with pediatricians Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas and Dr. Tricia Subido-Carino, initiated the private individuals’ project which aims to cheer up the RITM patients battling the disease.

Dr. Jamie shared how this program started and said that the RITM management agreed to accept the letters and distribute them to their patients.

“Dr. Nicole Perreras, a pediatric infectious disease specialist affiliated with RITM (among others), is a friend, high school mate, and colleague of mine. She sent me a message asking if I was interested in letting my kids write get-well cards for their Covid-19 patients at RITM. Of course, I said yes and told her it was a wonderful idea,” Dr, Jamie said.

“I asked if I could pass along the message to other moms, since I knew many who would agree to doing this. I created the email account covidletters@gmail.com so parents could send their children’s cards here.” Dr. Jamie, a mother of three children, stated.

Dr. Jamie and Dr. Nicole are the ones printing the cards from the email. Every patient receives a get-well letter placed in their breakfast tray.

“Our patients are suddenly forced to go through this ordeal alone, isolated with no one to talk to and hold on to. Senior parents are pulled away from their adult children, not knowing if this might be the last time they would see each other.”

“If you can give some kind of comfort to make them know that there are millions of people thinking of and praying for them, then why not?” she added.

Dr. Jamie expressed that this is also a great activity for children during the lockdown.

“Given the situation, parents have to find ways to get their kids busy and this is a great activity for them to do because they will feel like they are a part of uplifting the spirits of those who are sick.”

The MB Lifestyle article also noted that on March 28, Dr. Jamie shared that they’d received more than 6,000 letters.

“The email account has reached its maximum, so I cannot receive or send any more emails,” the reason why she made another email address, covidletters2@gmail.com.

“I have received cards, not just from children but from adults as well. Some have even sent them all the way from Germany, the US, etc. Some have also dropped off physical cards at RITM, which they have given out to patients.”

Dr. Jamie then encouraged parents to motivate their children to participate in the project.

“This is the perfect opportunity for us parents to help our children process what’s happening and encourage conversation. Let’s not trivialize their emotions, but, instead, listen to them and make them realize that in spite of the seemingly helpless situation, they can do something positive from the comfort of their homes.”

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Anyone who wants to participate may send their letters to covidletters2@gmail.com.

“Keep sending those get-well cards, because you are comforting someone who might be very scared or worried.” Dr. Jamie added.

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