Kimball Fairbanks, a nurse who was fighting on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis in St. George, Utah, recently tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Fairbanks appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s virtual late-night show to share her story and explain how her recent diagnosis is affecting both her life and the lives of her kids. But what Fairbanks didn’t know was that she was in for a surprise from Kimmel and actress Jennifer Aniston.
“I have a 4-year-old and an 18-month-old—both little girls,” Fairbanks told Kimmel. “We have lots of people [coming] in right now, and lots of people who are testing positive,” she said, in reference to the hospital where she works and where she likely contracted COVID-19.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Fairbanks worked solely with patients on the cardiovascular floor. But she said all hands are currently on deck to fight COVID-19.
So, to thank Fairbanks for her work, Jennifer Aniston made a surprise appearance to give something back in gratitude.
“I just have to say, God bless you and all of you that are out there doing what you’re doing,” Aniston told Fairbanks over video chat. “I don’t even know how to express my gratitude for everything that you guys are doing, putting your health at risk…You’re just phenomenal.”
Fairbanks said that she’s been mainly relying on food delivery to get her through her illness. And because of that, Aniston and Kimmel gifted her a $10,000 gift certificate to Postmates. And Postmates donated gift cards to all of the nurses Fairbanks works with on her floor at the hospital.
Like Aniston and Kimmel said, we are more than grateful for Fairbanks and her fellow hospital workers for doing all they can to combat the pandemic.
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