Scrubs, Not Capes; Hero Nurses Featured in New Comic Book

Marvel Comics has partnered with Allegheny Health Network to turn the spotlight on a new brand of superhero.

It's called The True Nurse Stories and features real tales of healthcare professionals helping to save the world with their heroism.

Claire Zangerle is the chief nurse executive at AHN. She explained "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been in awe of the courage and resourcefulness of our nurses, who put their own health at risk to care for these vulnerable patients.

One of the new comic book's reluctant superheroes is Jessi Showalter, one of eight nurses at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, who puts herself in harm's way to help others. She told CNN affiliate KDKA "I'm not anything special. I kind of just come here and do what I love every day and try to help my patients."

None of the nurses were aware they were going to be immortalized in the new comic books until it was revealed to them late last week. AHN posted a video to its website featuring the hero nurses found in the comic books. In an emotional twist, the nurses' children talk about how they fear for their parents' safety while helping others battling the global virus.

President of Marvel Entertainment Dan Buckley said in a news release that, together with AHN, "we are honored to help tell these stories, which we dedicate to the real heroes who are saving the world."

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