Jimmy Kimmel and guest Jennifer Aniston delivered a special surprise message to a nurse who contracted COVID-19 on Thursday night’s at-home edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Kimball Fairbanks, a nurse from St. George, Utah, tested positive for the coronavirus and has been separated from her family.
“So, I’ve had to be furloughed from work and away from my family for two weeks,” the nurse said over video chat, adding that she has two young daughters, a 4-year-old and an 18-month-old.
She said she started having symptoms a few days after her shift at the hospital last Tuesday, where she was primarily taking care of COVID-19 patients.
“I kind of felt like I got hit by a train,” she said when asked to describe how she’s feeling, “but I think I just have really mild symptoms. You know, I feel like I’ve got a head cold combined with the flu. But overall…it feels decently manageable.”
Kimmel thanked Fairbanks for her service as a nurse, and then he told her something that made the young woman’s face light up — she was about to get a surprise visit from Jennifer Aniston.
The “Friends” actress asked her how she was feeling and praised her for putting herself in harm’s way to help others.
“I just have to say, God bless you and all of you that are out there doing what you’re doing,” an emotional Aniston said over video chat. “I don’t even know how to express my gratitude to everything you guys are doing and putting your health at risk and all of that. You’re just phenomenal.”
The actress also told Fairbanks she’d be getting $10,000 worth of Postmates credit to help with food deliveries for her and her family, and that all of the nurses on her floor would also be getting giftcards.
Watch the video above.