© Reuters. A Franciscan priest baptizes the triathlon champion Vanek as a gesture to honor his voluntary service as a paramedic during Easter Saturday service amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Budapest
By Bernadett Szabo and Krisztina Fenyo
BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Akos Vanek, a former triathlon World Cup winner, works as a paramedic these days in Budapest taking patients ill with COVID-19 to hospital as Hungary fights the coronavirus crisis.
Vanek, who won the 2014 Triathlon World Cup, hung up his running shoes after doing the triathlon for 22 years as he said he heard a “calling by God” to work as an ambulance crew member.
He joined the emergency services last November. Now he works day and night, dressed in personal protective gear and mask, resuscitating people if needed and administering coronavirus tests.
As of Sunday, Hungary had recorded more than 1,400 infections, with a death toll of…