A message left to healthcare workers by a father of three who nearly died after becoming one of Ohio’s first coronavirus cases is now touching people around the world as the pandemic rages. Nic Brown ended up on full life support in intensive care after developing COVID-19, and his outcome was so uncertain that the hospital discussed end-of-life options with his wife. However, his doctors and nurses never gave up on him, and Brown now feels a debt of gratitude.

He couldn’t return the favor, but Brown did leave a heartfelt message on the isolation room window that these workers used to leave him messages while he fought for his life.

Message on ICU window left by Nic Brown for healthcare workers
via Instagram

Cleveland Clinic, where Nic Brown was treated, shared photos of the written message on their Instagram page.

“This window has been the most impactful window in my life,” the message reads. “On days when I watched you work hard to keep me and others alive, unable to thank you for the time that you poured into me—and although I will probably never get the chance to pour that same love and support into you, I want you to know that I think you all are rockstars.

I watched some of you have good nights and some bad nights but what was consistent every night was that you care for people.

Today I leave this ICU a changed person, hopefully for the better, not only because of your medical healing and God’s direction and guidance but with the fact of knowing that there are such wonderful people dedicated to the care and concern of others. God bless each of you.”

Even when things looked grim, healthcare workers wrote goals for him on the window to encourage him, and one day wrote the most important message of all: “We will get you home.”

And they did.

The rest of us will never be able to express enough gratitude for the healthcare workers struggling through long shifts without enough protective gear in order to save as many people as they can, but the image of Brown’s message is inspiring people to try.

Nic Brown was discharged on March 27 and is now home with his family.

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*First Published: April 3, 2020, 12:53 pm