A hand-written message from a COVID patient in the intensive care unit at Baton Rouge General is gaining attention.
Seventy-two-year-old Lafayette resident Charlotte Broussard was intubated and unable to speak. So, she signaled to nurses that she wanted to write something.
David Begnaud, a national correspondent for CBS and a Louisiana native, was the first to share images of the patient's handwritten notes on Twitter.
A Covid ICU patient at Baton Rouge General hospital - who’s unable to speak - signaled to her nurses this morning that she wanted to write something. They brought her a pen and paper. This is what she wrote. pic.twitter.com/UoEa1YO56T— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 24, 2021
"SEND TO FRIENDS F***," one piece of paper read.
On another page: "TAKE THE DAM SHOT." (sic)
Editor's note: This is a discrete chapter of a larger story about the strain on Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as the hospital f…
In an email hours later, a representative from Baton Rouge General sent another photo of Broussard, saying she consented to having her name, age and image published.
Hospitals across the state are struggling to keep up with a surge in cases amid the fourth and deadliest wave of the pandemic.
Last week, Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes broke a record for the number of people to die from COVID-19 in a single week.
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