(NEWARK – May 1, 2020) – My mother prays every day that my father who has been in and out of the hospital over the past few years, won’t have to suddenly go into the hospital during this COVID-19 pandemic. We know that when and if he does, he will likely die because my mother, who has always been my father’s first responder, won’t be able to be with him when he goes in. My mother has saved my father’s life on more than one occasion. Once, when my father was told that he could go home from the hospital while he was still bleeding from the rectum. “It’s probably diverticulitis acting up. He can go home.” My father was ready, but Mom told the doctor he wasn’t leaving until he could tell her why he was bleeding and the bleeding had stopped. “I have no way of giving you a transfusion at home if you need it,” she told my father.