Dr. Paul Saunders is trained in a last-resort treatment for COVID-19 patients.April 10, 2020, 11:57 AM8 min read The morning marked a special moment for heart and vascular surgeon Dr. Paul Saunders as he returned to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and was greeted with applause by hospital staff. In March, Saunders had tested positive for COVID-19 after coming down with symptoms of the virus. After fighting a mild case and recovering, he began his first full day at Maimonides on Thursday. “Thank you very much,” Saunders told staff and hospital workers who clapped in the lobby to welcome him back to work. “(This is) totally unexpected and undeserved but thank you all for coming to work and for working so hard. … Happy to be back.” Maimonides Medical Center invited ABC News into their facility. For several days, our team was guided through the hospital, meeting with emergency room doctors and walking through a recovery room-turned-into makeshift intensive care unit where 16 of the sickest patients with coronavirus, the more commonly used term for the virus, were being treated. Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for


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