ICU nurse sings national anthem at Toledo Mud Hens opener

The chickens honor front workers all week long. Miranda Casey, a nurse at Bay Park Hospital, treated COVID-19 patients for most of the pandemic.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Whether in her church or with her kids, Miranda Casey loves to sing, but now she’s preparing to perform on the biggest stage of her life.

“I was initially shocked to understand that it was going to be pre-recorded, so I thought, oh, I got that,” she said. “Well, it’s not, so it’s a little nerve-wracking.”

Casey, an intensive care nurse at Bay Park Hospital in Oregon, won a competition to sing the national anthem live on Mud Hens opening day.

For most of the pandemic, all Casey only treated COVID-19 patients.

“It was terrifying at first. The last year has been a terrible year for a lot of people, not just nurses, but all staff and everyone who has had someone who has dealt with COVID. It’s been a very busy year, ”she said.

She said it had gotten better by now.

“It has helped us care for our COVID patients because we have focused on them for so long.”

Tuesday she will focus on preparing for the big day. The first place is at 6:35 p.m.

The Mud Hens haven’t played a game in Fifth Third Field since September 2, 2019. The last season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the opening week, the organization will recognize frontline and key employees.

The following groups will be celebrated at the Games during the opening week:

  • Wednesday, May 5th | health care provider
  • Thursday, May 6th | pedagogues
  • Friday May 7th | First Aider (Toledo Police & Fire)
  • Sunday, May 9th | Essential workers

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