Jennifer Lopez gives sweet surprise to an emergency room nurse fighting Covid-19

Singer teams up with journalists and streaming service to send thank you message to nurse Cassidy Toben


Published: Fri 26 Jun 2020, 6:07 PM

Last updated: Fri 26 Jun 2020, 9:09 PM

American singer Jennifer Lopez gave a special surprise to a healthcare worker fighting Covid-19 pandemic in New York.
According to E!News, the 50-year-old actress and singer teamed up with journalists Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock to send a sweet thank you message to nurse Cassidy Toben.
Toben who has been working as an emergency room nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan for nine years, has been fighting it out on the frontlines of the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
She told Guthrie and Kotb via video chat during a recent episode of The At-Home Variety Show on Peacock, "You realise quickly that you're not going to save everybody. You're not going to save a lot of people, and that's really devastating and it's scary. And the people, the beds that you see, you wanna help. And then they start to remind you of your family, and then you worry about your family and yourself."
While Toben said "there's definitely a lot of anxiety and fear," she also said she tries to stay positive.
She said, "Every day when a patient gets discharged or their breathing tube gets taken out, they play Here Comes the Sun over the loudspeaker. And we clap in the E.R.- we really clap - because it gives us a glimpse of hope."
So, Kotb and Guthrie decided to thank her by calling up one of their famous friends. That's when Lopez popped up on the screen and expressed her gratitude for Toben and her work.
Lopez said, "We are so grateful for everything that you do. Thank you so much."
Needless to say, Toben was "freaking out."
She told the star that the last time she "went out and had any socialisation" was for the Super Bowl.
For the unversed, Lopez and Shakira performed during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Toben said, "And [it's] something that is just such, like, a, you know, a thing in our culture that we look forward to every year and to think that that was only a few months ago and we were all celebrating something together as a country and now here we are. But thank you for that because it's really inspirational."
Kotb then shared how Toben had said Lopez reminds her of her fellow nurses because she calls them both "badasses."
Lopez agreed, "You guys absolutely are. And again, like, thinking about what you have to go through every day - I was listening to what you were saying as [was] I was sneakily waiting to say hello - about, you know, you can't save everybody and how hard that must be and that kind of reality setting in and it just reminded me too of how difficult this time is and how challenging it's been."
The star then called Toben, the doctors, the nurses and frontline workers "heroic." Lopez also invited Toben and her friends to her first concert once social distancing ends. Kotb and Guthrie joked they wanted to crash the party, too.
"Cassidy, we just invited ourselves!" Guthrie quipped.

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