9:53 AM PDT, August 9, 2021
The nurse who treated New York City’s first COVID-19 patient is receiving her own Barbie doll.
When the first person in New York City contracted COVID-19, nurse Amy O’Sullivan was the one to treat them.
Considered a healthcare hero, the nurse continued to treat COVID-19 patients at Wycoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, ultimately contracting the virus herself and nearly dying.
“It’s been a struggle,” O’Sullivan told CBS New York.
O’Sullivan was previously featured on the cover of “Time” magazine, and is now being honored with a Barbie doll.
“Being honored on the cover of Time’s most influential people is one thing,” the nurse said. “Having a Barbie doll modeled after you with precise details down to the tattoos and socks is another.”
O’Sullivan’s doll is one of six Barbie dolls modeled after real-life heroes from around the world who have emerged during the coronavirus pandemic, including a coronavirus researcher from Brazil and a professor from the United Kingdom who helped develop the COVID-19 vaccine.