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TMH nurse's emotional homecoming after working in New York

Posted at 8:30 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-31 23:34:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Sunday afternoon brought about an emotional reunion at the Tallahassee International Airport. Angela Millender, a Tallahassee Memorial Hospital nurse, arrived back home after spending two months in New York.

Millender's calling to be a nurse compelled her to put her skills in a place that desperately needed them. She left her family behind to assist doctors and nurses in New York during the height of the pandemic.

"It's so hard to put into words," explained an emotional Millender. "I've never experienced, I've never experienced anything like it before."

NYU Langone in Brooklyn was Millender's only stop when she arrived in New York. She said, "I took the ferry into Brooklyn every day that I worked. I stayed at the Hilton which was fantastic. They gave frontline employees free stay."

Now, she's back home and spending much needed time with her husband and their three children. Millender's husband, Cliff, said, "Our littlest one, she's a daddy's girl and she said the other day, "Daddy, I hope you're okay with this, but when mama gets back, I'm going to be a mommy's girl now."

The TMH nurse added, "I'm so happy. I didn't work yesterday. I got off of work yesterday morning and it was almost like I wanted to get on a flight then."

The majority of Millender's patients were infected with the Coronavirus. She said while she tested negative for the virus, she will still quarantine for two weeks.