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Arizona Republic: Boy helps COVID-19 patients escape isolation with books

For almost a month, he couldn’t see his dad, Harry Sachdev, an anesthesiologist. He couldn’t play with his cousins or friends.

But he could read.

“We had so much fun with books,” said Anaik, who’s 8. He read the “Diary of the Wimpy Kid” series, reading funny parts aloud to his brother, Jovin, who’s 6.

“Reading became a way for them to escape,” his mother, Anjleen Gumer, said.

Anaik called his grandmother, who was in the hospital for almost a week. She was lonely with no visitors allowed and not even a window to look outside. He wished he could take her books.