Local teacher uses 3D printer to bring comfort to hospital workers during COVID-19

Local educator uses 3D printer to make 'ear savers' for masks
Posted at 10:22 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 10:22:54-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Gateway Charter High School teacher is bringing comfort to local hospitals fighting COVID-19.

While many senior are staying safely indoors, 70-year-old Barbara Jones isn't letting that stop her from helping her community.

She uses two of her 3D printers at home to make extension straps for uncomfortable hospital masks.

Many local healthcare workers, like at Gulf Coast Medical Center, know them as ear savers.

The GCMC team took a picture wearing her straps while holding a 'thank you' sign for Jones.

"The picture was a thousand words. I know that they’re using them and I know that they’re wearing them and that’s the main purpose as long as it keeps their ears from hurting all day long. It just gives me a warm feeling that I’m being able to help," said Jones.

She says she's made around 600 in the last month and plans to continue making them as long as they're needed.

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