An NYPD lieutenant made it home after fighting the coronavirus in 3 hospitals for 168 days– 75 of these to a ventilator, based on reports.
Physicians weren’t sure 59-year old Lt. Yvan Pierre-Louis would recover, according to NYPD officials.
“I feel blessed,” Pierre-Louis told Newsday. “From no expectation to trust, that has been a lot”
Cheers greeted Pierre-Louis in his homecoming at Hempstead, L.I., on Saturday.
Doctors discharged him in the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, in which his daughter Diane Latham is a nurse.
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His 86-year old mum, Maria Lina Pierre-Louis, expired in May of COVID-19 while he was in a coma, Newsday reported.
The coronavirus sickened Pierre-Louis in late March. He had been admitted to NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, L.I., on March 28 and put on a ventilator that night, Newsday reported.
In Penn, the strong police officer was unconscious on a ventilator, bloated by 50 lbs of fluid, together with sores on his head from lying on his belly, a posture that assists COVID-19 patients breathe, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Saturday. His physician told Latham and her mother, Isabelle, he’d shortly be taken off the ventilator if they accepted or not.
Latham remembered a physician saying her dad had no chance of living as well as the ventilator was required for different patients, the newspaper reported.
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“We have seen people who’ve been sick as him, but not to get a restoration which has been prolonged, but finally was so powerful…,” Penn physician Andrew Courtwright told the Inquirer. “it is a fantastic testament to his loved ones.”