Nearly 40,000 people have lost their homes or been evacuated, and at least six people have died, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
Dr. Edward Zawada is a critical care physician at the hospital and was at work mere hours after losing his home to the wildfire.
“Patients take priority. ... If a hospital is not fully committed, it doesn't work,” said Zawada.
The good doctor also noted that emergency treatment was needed by dialysis patients who had missed treatments due to the fire and were extremely ill. Approximately 40 staff members are sleeping on hospital floors in between treating 20 to 30 patients daily.
Several businesses are also chipping in by offering free clothes, meals, and pet food for people displaced by the wildfire. Others are giving heartfelt thanks by commending the hospital staff on their commitment and integrity.
To @DignityHealthNS your dedication to our patients represents the very best of our health system. I am deeply, deeply, inspired by the brave employees who came back to the hospital after their families were evacuated. God Bless you all. Our prayers are with you. - L #CarrFire— Lloyd H. Dean (@LloydHDean) July 27, 2018
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that the Carr Fire has burned more than 172 square miles, making it the seventh-worst fire in the state’s history. Officials said that they have contained approximately 27 percent of the blaze with firefighters working hard throughout the night.
The men and women helping people in need while they are in need of help themselves is truly inspirational. Decency is still in season in California.
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