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Local healthcare hero gets a surprise from ‘Good Morning America,’ Patti LaBelle

From WPVI / GMA · By Katherine Scott

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – It’s safe to say Dr. Ala Stanford was stunned when “Good Morning America” surprised her on Monday morning outside the vaccination site at Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia.

"I knew nothing about this! I knew nothing!" Dr. Stanford exclaimed to Action News afterwards.

Dr. Stanford, founder of Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, thought she was taping an interview for a later date.

Then out popped GMA's TJ Holmes to inform her that it was actually a live tribute to Dr. Stanford.

Family, friends, staff and even Philadelphia’s own legendary Patti LaBelle took time in the the segment to say thank you.

"Dr. Stanford is so special because she cares about the world. She calls me a celebrity. She’s the diva. She’s the celebrity of life," LaBelle said in her interview with GMA.

Action News covered Dr. Stanford's work since the pandemic began, bringing testing and later vaccination sites to the city’s Black and Brown communities. …

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