Cristiano Ronaldo, 35-year-old soccer superstar, teamed up with his agent, Jorge Mendes, to fund the construction of intensive care wings at two Portuguese hospitals treating patients with coronavirus.
The pair has already supplied 200,000 gowns and three ventilators for the Sao Jao medical institution in Porto.
Two new wings—each to be named after Ronaldo and Mendes—will be added to North Lisbon’s University Hospital Centre (CHULN).
One additional wing, with space for 15 fully equipped intensive care beds, will be added to Santo Antonio hospital in Porto.
“Businessman Jorge Mendes and Cristiano Ronaldo will donate two intensive care wings for the CHULN; each wing will be totally equipped and will have the capacity for 10 beds,” a spokesperson for the CHULN told ESPN.
“The units will be equipped with the charitable contribution of Mendes and Ronaldo. This equipment includes beds, ventilators, heart monitors, pumps and infusion syringes, essential equipment in the care of critically ill patients with COVID-19.”
“These units, called UCI Jorge Mendes and UCI Cristiano Ronaldo, after the COVID-19 [pandemic is over] will be converted and will remain as a reinforcement of intensive care medicine, which had 31 beds before the new coronavirus pandemic, increasing its capacity to 51 beds.”
The units will be fully furnished with essential equipment for the care of critically ill COVID-19 patients.
Over 2000 Portuguese have been infected with coronavirus, and there have been 23 deaths as of March 24. Portugal declared a state of emergency Thursday.
Ronaldo returned to Portugal after his mother suffered a stroke. He is currently in Madeira, in self-quarantine, as a number of Juventus teammates, Paulo Dybala, Blaise Matuidi, and Daniele Ruggni, have tested positive for coronavirus.
Ronaldo is staying in touch with fans on social media and urging everyone to stay safe.
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“Protecting human life must come above any other interests,” Ronaldo wrote. Amen.