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Dr. Sylvie de Souza
Dr. Sylvie de Souza. Photo by Victor J. Blue for The New York Times
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    'We Can Get Through' Coronavirus Fight 'If Citizens Can Rally,' Doctor Says

    April 3, 2020

    By Rachel DeSantis, People

    The idea of a team rallying together in the face of the pandemic is something Dr. Sylvie de Souza has also experienced as chair of emergency department at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City.

    De Souza, 55, tells People that she and her colleagues came together during a particularly stressful day for a moment of peace.

    “I said to myself, ‘Look at all these amazing people.’ I felt like we needed something to encourage these troops at the front line,” she says. “I said, ‘Let’s all get into a circle’ — we were not touching — ‘and is there somebody here who is good at praying?’”

    After an emergency-medicine resident volunteered, the group raised their hands as the resident “prayed for us to make the right decisions for our patients, for guidance and for the protection of us all.”

    Read the complete story in People: ‘We Can Get Through' Coronavirus Fight