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Couple Drops Brand New RV in Nurse's Driveway So She Can Keep Family Safe While Treating Coronavirus Patients


Stephanie and Adam Raper had plans to travel in their new RV this spring, but in light of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across America, their travel plans came to an abrupt halt.

Instead, the Indianapolis-based couple generously decided to lend their RV to a nurse who has been working in a COVID-19 unit, providing her with a much-needed refuge after a tiring shift.

Elizabeth Coelhodelima has two young sons, ages 2 years and 2 months.

She has been worried about getting her family sick after returning to work at IU Health North Hospital.

“I’ve been on maternity leave, so coming back in the middle of this pandemic has been nerve-wracking to say the least,” Coelhodelima told WXIN-TV.

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Coelhodelima wears a face mask while at work and continues to wear one at home and even when sleeping to try and protect her family from contracting coronavirus-related germs.

Thanks to the Raper family, Coelhodelima now has a safe space to take her mask off and simply breathe, able to relax in an environment that, for the time being, belongs completely to her.

Stephanie and Adam connected with Coelhodelima through a Facebook page called RVs 4 MDs.

The volunteer organization matches front-line healthcare workers and first responders like Coelhodelima, in temporary need of an RV to safely quarantine, with RV owners willing to share.

“It’s a no-brainer. We can’t use [the RV]. They closed state parks today,” Stephanie Raper told WXIN.

“So unless you’re camping in your front yard or you have own private property, it makes no sense to just let it sit there when you can be helping somebody.”

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Earlier this week, the Rapers dropped their RV off in Coelhodelima’s driveway, providing her with the gift of living in close proximity to her family while alleviating much of the risk of spreading infection.

“It helps to keep me close to the family because I’m still breastfeeding as well, but at the same time separate and it gives me a chance to be without a mask and worry about who’s around and what am I touching and all of those things,” Coelhodelima said.

Coelhodelima is grateful for the help during such a high-risk time, and the Rapers are glad to be in a position of generosity.

“We’re all in this together and we’re all just, one day at a time, trying to figure this out,” Stephanie Raper said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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