Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:33

COVID-19 Hits FCA Workers: 2 From Warren Truck, 1 From Sterling Heights Dead

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press


...had a heart attack and had to be given medication to keep him from fighting the device, Susan said. Until then, she’d been able to keep in touch with him through FaceTime.


Susan, who works from home, said she requested he be flown to another hospital because of his worsening condition and the special equipment available there. Bianchi was taken to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, on Halloween and placed on an ECMO machine.


That process, according to the Mayo Clinic, means "blood is pumped outside of your body to a heart-lung machine that removes carbon dioxide and sends oxygen-filled blood back to tissues in the body," allowing the heart and lungs to heal.


The initial results looked encouraging, but on Nov. 6, Susan got a call that her husband was not likely to make it though the night. He died Nov. 7.


“He didn’t know a stranger,” Susan said, when asked about her husband. She pointed to the 42 condolence messages on his online obituary to show the impact he made.


The obituary noted that Bianchi married Susan, the love of his life, in 1989 and got a culinary degree from Macomb Community College.


“He worked 26 years in auto production at FCA, where he never wasted an opportunity to tell his coworkers how Jesus loved them,” according to the obit.


In its statement on the worker deaths, FCA pointed to the protocols it has in place:


"We know these protocols---including on-site temperature checks, daily health questionnaires, mandatory use of masks and safety glasses, social distancing and continual cleaning and disinfecting---are working to prevent the spread and transmission of the virus when employees are at work. In addition, we are encouraging our employees to follow these same protocols when out and about to protect not only themselves, but their colleagues, families and communities."


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