Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Battle-tested medical workers

Coronavirus | Doctors and nurses with experience in overwhelmed health systems are big assets as U.S. hospitals experience shortages for the first time in modern memory
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/03/20, 01:41 pm

Dr. Chris Sossou, a third-year internal medicine resident at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, hadn’t seen his wife in three weeks. He had 30 seriously ill COVID-19 patients to treat in his unit, and his wife was working in a labor and delivery ward in Brooklyn, where they live. They decided to live apart because of his high risk of contracting the virus, and he wasn’t sure when they would reunite. 

“She has to continue to work and I have to continue to work,” he said. “If we have good health, we’ll see each other the rest of our lives, so it will be OK.” 

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Emily Belz

Help in the COVID-19 epicenter

Coronavirus | Samaritan’s Purse brings its emergency hospital to an unusual spot: the middle of Manhattan
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/30/20, 05:30 pm

On Sunday morning, tents for a field hospital went up in Manhattan’s cold, windy, and muddy Central Park. 

At the request of the state of New York and of the Mt. Sinai Hospital system, the Christian humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse rushed an emergency field hospital to the city that is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Surprise reprieve

Health | A breakthrough drug extends life expectancy for cystic fibrosis but also highlights the burdens of a chronic illness
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/26/20, 12:58 pm

Last fall Joanie Santander, 27, was sitting in an ICU in Emory University Hospital next to her younger brother Louis Hebert, 25, who was in a medically induced coma after receiving a double-lung transplant. She was on duty to keep him from trying to pull out the tubes in his chest if he unconsciously stirred.

Santander scrolled through her phone and read a press release saying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved a breakthrough drug, Trikafta, that would, perhaps, have prevented her brother from needing a lung transplant and all the risks that came with it.

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