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Family donates RV for doctor to live in between shifts

Dr. Mark Quale wanted to separate himself from his family between shifts, so a family stepped up to help by donating their RV.
Dr. Mark Quale wanted to separate himself from his family between shifts, so a family stepped up to help by donating their RV. (LaRayne Quale)

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WFMY) — In the emergency room, doctors wear masks and gloves to help protect themselves and patients.

But people like Mark Quale are finding ways to further protect their families after their shift in the emergency room.

"We're thinking about options," Quale said. "We were like 'OK, well coronavirus is coming through our area pretty soon and we planned to keep it out of our house' is how I would say it."

He and his wife LaRayne got to talking about their options.

Mark, an emergency room physician at Alamance Regional Medical Center, had the idea of hanging a tarp in his house to help protect his two kids, wife and mother-in-law.

But LaRayne found something that helped take it to the next level.

"LaRayne said on Friday, 'Hey, I think we got an RV you can live in,' and I was like 'Really?' and it wasn’t 48 hours later, and it was all set up. It was just a blessing," Mark said.

LaRayne found the RV through connecting with someone through a Facebook page called RVs 4 MDs.

It's a group that connects RV owners with medical professionals who are looking to quarantine or isolate themselves from their families to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

That's where the Webb family comes in.

"I was actually just sitting in bed scrolling through Facebook," Kelsey Webb said. "The group literally just popped on the Facebook it was the RVs for MDs."

Webb said it was a no-brainer, so she called her husband.

"I said, 'I need you to take the camper to Hillsborough, North Carolina, on Monday morning,' I said, 'I’ll explain when you get home,'" she said.

Webb cleaned and sanitized the RV Sunday, and her husband drove it to the Quales and helped get them set up.

"I’m so grateful that they thought of us as being, you know, that valuable just on a personal level," LaRayne said. "It’s personal for people who are able to do this."

LaRayne said her husband spent the first night in the RV Thursday night. She said it will take some getting used to, but she knows it's for the best.

"It's different," she said.

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