Austral University in Argentina, with the help of the public health system and hundreds of women and men volunteers, has recently opened this solidarity hospital to care for coronavirus patients without health insurance. It was built and equipped in two months on the university campus and currently has 44 high-tech beds, with the capacity to expand to 60.
When the regional vicar of Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia informed Pope Francis that this project was underway he received the warm reply: “I am happy to hear the news of what you are doing at Austral Hospital. Continue forward!”
The first patient received was 97 years old. Forced to leave Spain with her husband after the Spanish Civil War ended, she helped bring her family forward in her adopted country of Argentina. Her warmth and smile won over all the doctors and nurses. “She won the hearts of us all,” said Manuel Rocca Rivarola, director of the Solidarity Hospital, after she received the happy news that she was now well and could be discharged.