The first coronavirus patient at a hospital in California has been officially released, beating long odds of his recovery.
Gregg Garfield, or “patient zero” as he is known, spent 31 days on a ventilator at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, as his respiratory system had been crippled by the coronavirus and his own immune system.
“He had a 1% chance of survival. And he beat the odds, leaving the hospital on Friday,” USA Today reports.
Garfield reportedly contracted the coronavirus during a visit to Northern Italy, a region devastated by the pandemic.
“The disease kicked off, and my immune system just ate me alive,” Garfield told KCAL-TV. “The only thing I really am focused on right now is telling the story about how real this is.”
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Per a report on the “Today Show,” Garfield suffered pneumonia and kidney failure. His sister Stephanie Garfield Bruno told KABC-TV that four different parts of his lungs collapsed. He was unable to walk.
But with the help of physicians and physical trainers, he was slowly able to regain his mobility and returned home with a walker.
On the day of his release, the entire staff at Providence St. Joseph gathered for a round of applause to cheer on the man who survived coronavirus, after two months of hospitalization.
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He still has a long road to full recovery, but Garfield hopes that people take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
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