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Haitian-American Nurse’s Aide Wins Aide of the Year for Taking Care of 101-Year-Old Patient

By Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery

Personal care worker Marie Deolall sitting next to her patient Suzette Marcelin. Photo by Paul Stremple

RiverSpring Health’s nurse aide Marie Deolall already clocked out and had to go to her other job, but her 101-year-old patient Suzette Marcelin needed to get out of bed. Taking care of Marcelin isn’t just a job to Deolall, therefore she didn’t mind staying past her time.

The 52-year-old has been going above and beyond to assist Marcelin for seven years. Without being asked to, she went through the hassle of not bathing Marcelin in the shower when the novel coronavirus was rampant in Brooklyn out of fear that her patient would’ve caught the virus. Deolall also helped Marcelin get more benefits from her insurance amongst other acts of kindness.

“In my entire life, I’ve never seen a woman care so much for her patient,” said Marcelin’s 66-year-old son, Ricot Antenor. “She’s an outstanding worker. She opened her eyes wide to take care of my mom. She fills everything my mother needs. They’re like mother and daughter. I feel great, I can just leave her with my mother with my eyes closed.”

Ricot Antenor posing for a picture next to Suzette Marcelin alongside her personal care workers. Photo by Paul Stremple

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Onz Chery

Onz Chery

Ralph 'Onz' Chery started his writing career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League, and other local leagues. After graduating, Onz became one of ESNY's sports journalists then joined The Haitian Times.
Onz Chery
Aug. 15, 2020