This is heartbreaking.
A Brazilian nurse created a contraption made of disposable gloves filled with warm water to simulate human contact for Covid patients suffering in isolation dubbed, “The Hand of God.”
Brazilian nurse technician Semei Araújo Cunha posted her glove contraption to her social media accounts on March 20, according to a report from G1 São Carlos and Araraquara. Using the “little glove” technique created by Lidiane Melo, Cunha filled two latex gloves with warm water, tied the tips of the fingers together and slid a patient’s hand through.
The project is twofold, as it both quickly warms the extremities of intubated patients as well grants comfort in what feels like another human holding their hand.
“It is very sad and heartbreaking for everyone. Inpatients, intubated, without contact with family, without contact with anyone,” Cunha told G1. “Whoever talks, it’s just by cell phone and video call, they don’t have that cuddle anymore, they don’t have affection. They don’t they can receive visits, the patient becomes vulnerable.”
“We decided to do it as a form of affection, cuddling, humanization, as if someone was taking her hand, and also to soften the extremities that were very cold,” Cunha told G1.
‘The hand of God’ — nurses trying to comfort isolated patients in a Brazilian Covid isolation ward. Two disposable gloves tied, full of hot water, simulating impossible human contact. Salute to the front liners and a stark reminder of the grim situation our world is in!@sadiquiz pic.twitter.com/eldzkT4JHa
— Nissim Mannathukkaren (@nmannathukkaren) April 8, 2021