California Man Had 1% Chance of COVID-19 Survival, Released After Two-Month Stay
A California man named Gregg Garfield endured a 64-day stay in the hospital due to a severe coronavirus infection, 31 of which were spent on a ventilator — and on Friday, the man with a 1% chance of survival was finally released from the hospital, according to a post on the hospital's Facebook page.
California COVID-19 patient leaves hospital after long stay
At 54 years old, Garfield was "patient zero" at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center located in Burbank, California — roughly 10 miles north of Los Angeles. He had only a 1% chance of survival, but beat the odds, departing the hospital last Friday, reports USA Today.
He fell ill from coronavirus infection and was subsequently hospitalized following a February sojourn to northern Italy — a place that saw heavy coronavirus exposure — with a dozen friends.
"The disease kicked off, and my immune system just ate me alive," said Garfield to a local Los Angeles news source.
As an accomplished skier and athletic person, Garfield nearly lost his brutal fight with the coronavirus.
Kudos to patient zero, a man who beat the odds
The day he was released, the entire staff at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center gathered in the lobby to offer a round of jubilant applause to cheer the coronavirus survivor on into his new life after spending two months hospitalized.
Naturally, he has a long way to go before full recovery, but Garfield aims to spread the word about the gravity of coronavirus infection.
"The only thing I really am focused on right now is telling the story about how real this is," said Garfield to the local news source.
As nations around the world prepare to follow-through on easing restrictions imposed on life as it was before the COVID-19 outbreak, we should hope to come across more inspirational moments of survivors surging forward in their lives — all of whom probably want the world to know: the virus is serious, and we'll only beat it with the enthusiastic dedication and humanitarian spirit displayed last week at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.
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