Minnesotans answer the call to fight the coronavirus surge in India
April 30, 2021
It's 4 a.m. in southern Minnesota and infectious disease physician Priya Sampathkumar has yet to go to bed.
While others sleep, the Mayo doctor works into the wee hours from her Rochester home, making phone calls in a frantic search for hospital beds half a world away and for much-needed oxygen for patients she's never met.
As the deadly coronavirus overwhelms her native India, Sampathkumar and her colleagues are fielding desperate calls from family, friends and friends of friends back home who have nowhere else to turn for help as COVID-19 cases surge there.