Michigan Nurse Uplifts Co-Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients By Singing “Amazing Grace”

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Michigan Nurse Uplifts Co-Workers Treating COVID-19 Patients By Singing “Amazing Grace”

“God is with us always”

Published April 6, 2020

Written by Alexis Reese

At St. Mary Mercy hospital in Livonia, Michigan, sometimes nurses pray with each other or give moving speeches during their shift changes. 

Lori Key, a nurse at the medical center decided to raise the spirits of her coworkers who were treating COVID-19 patients by singing “Amazing Grace,” on March 29. 

Her powerful voice struck a chord with the internet, after a video was uploaded on Facebook the following day. 

“Stay home if you don’t need to leave the house. Pray for the sick and health care workers at risk for this disease. God is with us always…” she captioned in her post. 

I was requested to sing during our morning huddle. This week on our floor has been CRAZY, we need the Lord's Grace and...

Posted by Lori Marie Key on Sunday, March 29, 2020

“The reactions that I’ve been getting, I’m … not just amazed but humbled by it,” Key told the Detroit Free Press.  “It’s nice to be appreciated.”

Working overnight 12-hour shifts, Key has been a part of the St. Mary Mercy Livonia team since May 2019. She went from treating patients post-op and coming out of surgery before the novel coronavirus pandemic. Now all of the patients she treats are suffering with COVID-10. 

She says that nurses are afraid but stay determined to care for their patients.

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