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This ICU doctor raised over $30,000 to feed frontline health care workers

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng and colleagues were inspired after a donation of meals brought about a surge in morale.
By: Madeleine Hall
April 09, 2020
Photo: CBC/Dr. Adrienne Kwong
Photo: CBC/Dr. Adrienne Kwong

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng is quickly becoming a familiar face and beacon of positivity in Canada’s fight against COVID-19. An intensive care and palliative physician at the Montfort and Ottawa Hospitals, as well as a research scientist, Kyeremanteng produces the podcast Solving Healthcare, which explores ways to improve health care delivery in Canada. He was also recently profiled by CBC for his powerful message of optimism in the face of the global pandemic.

Adding to this long list of heroic acts, Kyeremanteng, along with some Solving Healthcare colleagues, has now raised over $30,000 in a Go Fund Me campaign, which will go towards purchasing meals for ER and ICU health care workers at Ottawa’s hospitals.

Kyeremanteng told CTV News he was inspired to launch the campaign after seeing a surge in morale brought about by a local restaurant delivering free meals to one of the hospitals where he works. “Because of the tension, morale can be low at times. When you saw the peoples faces when that food came through the door, and that relief and that sense of being seen and acknowledged, it meant the world to the team,” Kyeremanteng told CTV. Kyeremanteng and colleagues saw an opportunity to recreate this experience and, to date, have raised more than 10 times their initial goal of $3,000.

Sources: Go Fund Me, CBC, CTV

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