Around two weeks ago, Ruslan Makarov, 43, a new immigrant from Ukraine, who now lives in Pardes Hanna-Karkur, arrived at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, after feeling ill. He had caught coronavirus (COVID-19) and was suffering from shortness of breath and a high fever. He was hospitalized in the Infectious Diseases A Department, and doctors said his condition was severe. Several days later his condition improved, and he no longer needed oxygen. Makarov asked his family to bring his guitar to the hospital. From then on, he began playing Russian songs every day to the patients and staff of the department, until he was released yesterday.
Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at Hillel Yaffe, Dr. Tatyana Michaelov, related: “Ruslan’s chest x-ray showed a bad case of COVID-19. He needed oxygen, and after a few days, his condition improved. Since then he has started to feel better. He has been playing and singing, and mainly bringing happiness to the patients and staff of the department.”