He was on a ventilator, fighting for his life. A stranger sent reinforcements
Updated 1:15 PM ET, Thu April 23, 2020
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(CNN)Kevin Rathel was delirious, paralyzed with drugs, trying to comprehend this waking nightmare. He did not know where he was, why they were sticking him with needles, or why someone in a mask was shoving a tube down his throat. Rathel was in a battle he didn't understand, fighting an enemy he couldn't see. Those people in masks were the nurses and doctors of Orlando Regional Medical Center. They were trying to save his life.
Americans living apart and together in the age of pandemic