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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Pistons’ Langston Galloway and Detroit’s Dr. Sara Hegab

By April 10, 2020April 26th, 2020No Comments

Healthcare professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic risk their lives every day to save patients. They are the heroes. But, amidst the pandemic, they are dealing with their own crisis.

Many healthcare professionals are facing an imminent shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). The need for PPE is especially dire in cities bracing for or enduring surges in COVID-19 cases.

CloseUp360’s “Hoopers Meet Heroes” video series connects NBA players with healthcare professionals. In each video, a player discusses the pandemic and the PPE shortage crisis with a healthcare professional in their city.

In this video from the series, Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway chats with Dr. Sara Hegab. Dr. Hegab received her medical degree from Alexandria University in Egypt. She is now a pulmonary and critical care medicine specialist in Detroit, one of the hot spots of the pandemic in the United States. The hospital where she works, the Henry Ford Health System, developed partnerships with Ford and Tesla. Ford is manufacturing face shields for staff, while Tesla is making ventilators for patients.

Healthcare professionals like Dr. Hegab need our help. Lack of PPE— including safety goggles, N95 masks, face shields, and gowns—is a serious concern for medical facilities. Those on the front lines need this gear to stay safe while they help patients battling this virus.

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