Former World No. 1 Andy Murray and Manchester United football star Marcus Rashford teamed up to surprise healthcare hero Debbie Thorberg, who is a community nurse from Scotland during the latest episode of Tennis United. Thorberg joined what she thought was going to be a Zoom call to discuss tennis with ATP staff, but instead found herself on the call with Murray and Rashford, who thanked her for her work during the current crisis.
Thorberg is actually a big fan of Rafael Nadal. When Murray told her that he was informed that she is a big Rafa fan, Thorberg responded, "I’m so sorry. My husband does like you. I love to watch you too, but I’m afraid it’s always been Rafa for me and it always will be”.
Thorberg spoke about the challenges she and her team face at work during these days. “We’re really busy at the moment because we’re going into care homes with a lot of, unfortunately, COVID-19 patients who are terminally ill and at the end of their lives.
It’s quite harrowing. At the moment, it’s really difficult. “Our workload has quadrupled… A lot of care homes at the moment are stretched. They’re understaffed. Sometimes before coronavirus, if a patient was dying and the family couldn’t get in or they didn’t have a family, we’d have a care nurse sit with them.
That’s just not possible at the moment. These people are basically dying alone. It’s very hard to be a part of that and very hard to watch”.