Utah respiratory therapist to help New Jersey hospital with COVID-19 patients

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LEHI — A Utah woman said goodbye to her family before leaving to help treat COVID-19 patients in New Jersey for the next 15 weeks.

Aina Togia’i, a respiratory therapist, and her family said Saturday they consider this to be the service opportunity of a lifetime.

“Tomorrow I leave at about 11 o’clock. I’m going to a place that I’ve never been,” Togia’i said. “I’m a little nervous, but I know all the positives that would come from it.”

Hospitals in the area are facing a major shortage of respiratory therapists to provide critical care for COVID-19 patients on ventilators, which is why Togia’i will fly out to the Garden State on Sunday.

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