CNA Staff, Feb 12, 2021 / 09:35 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Knights of Columbus have sent more than $200,000 of oxygen and related supplies to the Amazon regions of Brazil and Peru, following pleas from bishop whose people face crowded hospitals amid a coronavirus surge.
Archbishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner of Manaus had said in a Jan. 16 video, “We, bishops of Amazonas and Roraima, make an appeal: For the love of God, send us oxygen.”
He said that during the first wave of the coronavirus, those infected faced a lack of information and hospital beds, but that patients were now dying because of a lack of oxygen tanks.
“Let us all make our contribution and engage with solidarity in caring for the life of one another,” Archbishop Steiner added.
Patients in Brazil’s Amazonas state were being airlifted to hospitals in other states, and the families of some of the infected have stood on line for hours trying to buy their own oxygen tanks.