“I am going to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens,” said Dr. Eric Gross, of UC Davis Hospital.
Dr. Gross normally spends his time saving lives at UC Davis in the emergency room, but now his skills are on loan to the East Coast.
Gross and a handful of California health professionals are committed to supporting New York hospitals, where staff who treat patients with COVID-19 are drained daily.
“I’m going to work at the ICU, taking care of COVID patients who are very sick,” said Dr. Gross.
So, before he left Monday morning, the doctor’s friends in his martial arts groups decided to give him a surprise shipment to keep outside his Roseville home.
“One of our members told me that Dr. Gross was leaving, so we had to kick this man,” said Amitis Pourarian, STUDIO Martial Arts and Fitness team member.
While practicing social distancing, all the members of the doctor’s group parked their car in front of his house, and on a count of three, they all honked. The sound surprised Dr. Gross and he was greeted outside with sincere smiles, signs and friends just saying “thank you, doc. “
“We are a giant family, it’s a big community,” said Pourarian.
It was another proof of appreciation for all of our healthcare professionals who have stepped up to the brink of a pandemic so that we can return to normal times.
“I’m a little nervous but happy to help,” said Dr. Gross.
And just like a doctor, when he heard the noise outside his door, he said that his first thought was that there was an accident and that he should help.