Love conquers all, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Christine Grady


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It was the kind of meet-cute that belonged in a medical rom-com. 1983 was the year. Christine Grady was a clinical nurse specialist at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., who had recently returned from a two-year stint in Brazil with Project Hope, a humanitarian non-governmental organisation. Anthony Fauci was an attending physician at the National Institutes of Health. Grady subsequently told InStyle, "We met over a patient's bed."

Grady has a recollection of the patient's name: Pedro. He was Brazilian, he spoke no English, and he desired to return home. Pedro enlisted the assistance of nurse Grady, who had acquired fluency in Portuguese, in making the case to his doctors, including Fauci. "Tony told him he could go home and be extremely cautious about his health and dressings and sitting with his leg elevated and stuff like that," Grady, who interpreted, said. "There is no way I'm doing that," Pedro responded in Portuguese. I've been hospitalised for several months. Grady recalled, "I'm going to the beach and then dancing at night." "In an instant, I told Tony, 'He said he would do precisely what you asked.'" In other words, Fauci declared in a recent cover storey for InStyle, "She lied!"

All Fauci knew was that he was taken aback by the nurse's multilingualism. He summoned Grady to his office two days later. "I was afraid I was going to lose my job," Grady explained. Rather than that, he invited her to supper. "She came dangerously close to falling through the chair," Fauci told C-SPAN. "'Of course I will,' she replied." Grady noticed something long before he became the United States' first heartthrob immunologist, his visage plastered on T-shirts and Christmas decorations, and Brad Pitt mimicking him on Saturday Night Live. "You weren't nearly as frightening as others made you out to be," she added last year in a joint interview with NPR. "Everyone was terrified of you, and when I first met you, I wondered what the fuss was about. He's youthful and gorgeous, and he doesn't appear to be all that frightening."

It was "love at first sight" for Fauci.

She was brilliant, gorgeous, multilingual, and has an exceptional bedside manner. Immediately, I responded, 'I have to date her.'"

"I try to convince him to rest, drink water, eat healthily, and sleep, as well as to be selective in what he agrees to and to say no to some things," Grady told CNBC. "Since the pandemic began, I believe we've attempted to walk every day, even if it's late at night. It is for the benefit of both mental and physical health." Grady revealed to InStyle that "we work too much." "He works longer hours than I do. I've been working from home, which provides an environment devoid of restrictions. I wake up in the morning and immediately head to my computer, where I work until the evening. Monday and Saturday are interchangeable. There is no distinction between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m."

Fauci's unexpected elevation to prominence has been a source of concern for his family. Grady and his daughters have been subjected to harassment as a result of the threats. Being a target "bothers me less than my wife and children being harassed," Fauci told 60 Minutes. Grady felt justified in his defence of Fauci in response to Trump's criticism: "When he is vilified, it feels unjust to me because he is working so hard for the right reasons."

The couple seemed to be sticking together despite the pandemic's difficulties. Grady surprised him on his 50th, 60th, 70th, and even 80th birthdays, when she arranged with his security to get him home by 5:30 p.m., when Fauci discovered a virtual gathering of friends from around the world. "She is a prodigy at deceiving me," Fauci explained to The Guardian. "I mean, it's quite difficult to fool me." They adore wine and pasta (both of which are relatable!)—he has been known to make homemade rigatoni with sausage for fun. They clinked wine glasses across the kitchen counter in a 2015 CBS interview while Fauci remarked, "Salud." As one might assume, they don't watch much television, although Grady favours cop dramas like Chicago P.D., while Fauci prefers action films like the Bourne trilogy.

"Quite simply, the thing for which I'm most grateful is you," Fauci said Grady during an NPR interview last Thanksgiving. Grady responded, "Certainly, we have each other."

Dr. Fauci and Dr. Grady (who later earned a PhD in bioethics) are married with three daughters and are a medical power couple spearheading the fight against the coronavirus 35 years later. Everyone is aware that Fauci oversaw the US medical response as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as President Biden's chief medical adviser. Meanwhile, Grady is the chief of the bioethics department at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center — a job she has been doing remotely from their Washington kitchen table — studying the pandemic's ethical issues, which include patients dying alone due to a lack of visitors, health care workers lacking adequate PPE, and the threat of hospitals reaching capacity. Grady wrote a study last year on the problems confronting frontline nurses.

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This is not the first outbreak in which the doctors have collaborated. The couple met during the AIDS epidemic's early stages, with Fauci spearheading research at the NIAID and introducing activists to scientific and medical conversations. Grady served on President Reagan's HIV/AIDS commission and is the author of the book The AIDS Vaccine: The Search for a Cure. I'm attracted by putative power couples—see, for example, Ruth and Marty Ginsburg—relationships in which both partners had the opportunity to achieve greatness. Grady and Fauci may be united by a mutual sense of heart. His initial assessment of his wife's "amazing bedside demeanour" is one he shares. "In medicine, strict scientific standards must be followed," he told The New Yorker. Simultaneously, "a humanistic touch is required when working with people." You must integrate social, ethical, and personal considerations with cold, clear science."

He refers to her as Chris. She refers to him as Tony. They rose to prominence in medicine while raising their three now-adult daughters, Megan, Allison, and Jennifer. "I tackle parenting with everything I've got, and I believe I do the same with my profession," Grady explained to Fauci. "And I am aware that you do." Even so, America's physician couldn't avoid the nerves of new fatherhood back in the day. "Do you recall how it felt to become a father for the first time?" Grady posed the question to her husband during their NPR interview. "I was afraid," Fauci responded. "I was this eminent physician. I can look after any adult you want, but I have no idea how to look after a kid."

The Fauci-Gradys are recognised for their tenacity: he is known for his 16-hour workdays and as an obsessive runner, squeezing in seven-mile lunchtime runs with his wife that have been downgraded to power walks. "Christine and I walk three and a half miles each day. I used to say 'run,' but I don't run nearly as much as I used to because various portions of my body hurt so badly at the conclusion of the run," Fauci told The Guardian. "Power walking is a pleasurable and soothing activity that we look forward to. I must admit that Chris is usually one step ahead of me since she is speedier and more in condition."

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