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OSU Heath Science student 3D prints face shields for frontline workers

Posted at 3:41 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 16:55:13-04

TULSA, Okla. — Rebecca Gaglia is a second-year medical student and biomedical science Ph.D student at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

Gaglia joined up with two fellow Tulsa residents, Josh and Cherylyn Painter, to create a Facebook group called Makers4Medicine.

Gaglia, the Painters, and around 30 volunteers have made over 7,500 face shields to be donated to health care workers across the country.

“It relieved a lot of my anxiety that I could do something. It gives people an outlet and to feel less frustrated. It does feel good,” Gaglia said, who serves as the volunteer coordinator for Makers4Medicine.

Not only has the group provided 2,700 face shields to Tulsa-area hospitals; they have had requests from New York, Florida, and California as well.

Gaglia has also been in contact with several rural hospitals and clinics across Oklahoma. The group has been able to provide them with more than 1,000 face shields.

“It’s like a job now. We’re not planning on stopping until the need is met,” Gaglia said.

To learn more about Makers4Medicine or find out how you can help, click here.

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