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Kentucky ICU nurse called back to New York City

Posted at 11:22 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 21:33:08-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky nurse Trinity Goodman answered the call to join the frontlines of the coronavirus fight in New York City.

"It's terrifying; it's sick that even as an ICU nurse I've never seen before. These patients decompensate so quickly," said Goodman.

The Berea College grad spent five weeks working in a Bronx hospital ICU until late last week. She got some unexpected news.

"We're gonna be sending out a text a lot of you are going to be demobilized at 11 p.m. tonight. You need to pack your bags and be on a plane within the next two days," said Goodman.

Goodman says she was a bit disappointed she was being released early.

"I was upset, but I also was like, okay, this is God's plan like I'm ready to go home. I need my cup filled, I'm exhausted," said Goodman.

She arrived home in Louisville on Monday, only to receive a surprising call Tuesday night.

"I had ordered DoorDash, and I saw this New Jersey number, and I thought nothing of it. I thought oh, it must be my Chinese food," said Goodman.

It wasn't her Chinese food.

"Well, we got a list from the hospital, and they really want you to come back. They're actually really upset that you got sent home," said Goodman.

Goodman couldn't believe it was the company she was contracted through asking her to go back to New York City.

"I just kind of said 'sure I'm going to go' and never really thought about it. I told her I was going to think about it, and I definitely didn't," said Goodman.

She packed her bags and booked the first flight out Wednesday morning.

"It was very eye-opening to me that maybe I did actually did make a difference in this hospital in this facility with these people. So I'm like this is my team now," said Goodman.

Goodman is part of a team prepared to fight until the COVID-19 battle is won.