[CBC뉴스] 올해 59 세인 레오니드 크라스너는 4 월부터 모스크바 병원에서 자원 봉사자로 COVID-19로 치료중인 환자의 일상 생활을 돕고 있다.
병원의 위험 구역에 들어가기 전에 크라스너는 감염으로 고통받는 사람들을 위해 하루를 밝게하기 위해 다채로운 그림으로 보호복을 장식한다.
Since April Leonid Krasner, 59, spends most of his days as a volunteer in a Moscow hospital helping patients treated from COVID-19 with their daily routines.
Every time before entering the hospital's red zone, Krasner decorates his protective suit with colourful drawings - to brighten up a day for those suffering with the infection.
"This cheers people up," Krasner said as he was wearing a suit decorated with a New Year tree, snowmen and other winter-themed elements.
Krasner never had any medical training, but when in April it became harder for nurses to attend to the growing number of coronavirus patients, he put on a full protective gear and went into the red zone. In May he caught the infection himself, but recovered quickly and went back to volunteering.
Krasner sees his main task as a volunteer in talking k to the patients to make sure their non-medical needs are met. Some of them come after weeks of treatment in ICU and may be too weak to care for themselves - and Krasner helps them eat and drink, charge their phones and communicate to families as well as comb their hair and keep up hygiene. He also rolls those who can not walk for tests and scans.
During his days with the volunteer force in the Hospital number 52, Krasner decorated over 100 protective suits - for himself and others. His art lasts for less then a day - as all the suits worn in the red zone have to be disposed after use.
What started as a way to make himself identifiable from medical personnel - masked, wearing identical goggles and clad in suits - turned into kind of an art therapy for Krasner.
"Even if a person has hard times, a hard period and he is sick, he still needs emotions," he said.
Krasner's respirator also featured a drawing - a cartoon smile making him look similar to a clown.
"It adds elements of buffoonery or clownery, some part of Venice (carnival), something related to days full of happiness and fun, maybe childhood, theatre or circus," Krasner said about his art work.
Krasner says the style of his drawings vary and that sometimes he chooses a topic randomly, sometimes marks special days - like Mother's Day - and even appeals to patients personally drawing something related to their professions or hobbies.
A former businessmen who went bankrupt, Krasner said he was lucky to have family support which allows him to volunteer - without the need to provide for himself.
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