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Joe Tasby & Guide Dog Cupid

Former Little Flower Academy Graduate and former Monroe LA Resident Joe Tasby was admitted to a Nevada hospital in March 2020 with his guide dog, Cupid, by his side. When the hospital went into lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis and visitors couldn't stop by to care for Cupid, he needed help. That's when Barbara Borbeck stepped in to care for them both. Tasby, who is blind, went to HCA Healthcare's Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas in the middle of March, thinking he would only be there for two or three days. He was suffering from several illnesses and admitted right away with Cupid. For the first several days he had visitors, including his daughter Tiffini, who helped feed and walk Cupid. But then things suddenly changed. "We had a hospital full of visitors and people walking the hallways and the next day, it was deserted. "The hospital no longer allowed visitors during lockdown, so Tasby worried how he would care for the yellow lab, who would remain with him during his stay. Tasby got in the hospital at the time when the pandemic was just starting, all of a sudden, I couldn't get visitors from outside and I had Cupid with me. I didn't know what I was going to do. Nurse Barbara Borbedk swooped in and came to the rescue taking good care of us, for nearly three weeks, Borbeck, who is the hospital's medical-surgical and telemetry director, helped Tasby care for his guide dog making sure he got outside, to get some air and exercise. She made sure he had food and treats.After 21 days in the hospital, Tasby and Cupid were able to leave on April 1, with Barbara Borbeck walking them out the front door and all the way to the car. "I left there thinking, 'I have to find some kind of way to show this lady how much I appreciate what she's done for us through a difficult time,'" Tasby explained. "It's fortunate when you meet somebody who is in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. And that was Barbara. (Taken from CBS News)


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