Deanna Hair should not live, let go home. But the 67-year-old Michigan woman finally walked through her door – along with a walker – after fighting COVID-19 for more than six months in hospital.
Hair, by Ann Arbor, left the hospital Thursday after 196 days, nearly triple the time the coronavirus patient remained, the mlive.com reported. He still needs a fan at night, however, and he can not walk more than 50 or more feet without resting.
“It completely changed my life,” Hair told NBC News. “The whole process, from feeling sick and going to the hospital to recovering and then rehab and being a fan – it’s all very weak.”;
Hair and husband Ken dropped the infection in late March. Her symptoms were mild: a high fever, a furious cough and vomiting.
Three days later, his long stay in Michigan Medicine began – and the problems did not seem to stop. Blood flow to his colon stopped, which surgeons had to remove. Then, 10 weeks into a fan, many infections in his chest and abdomen, and kidney failure, NBC reported.
Three times, doctors called Hair’s wife and their three daughters to say goodbye.
“There’s something about his fighting spirit that he went through because not everyone in this situation can cope,” Ken Hair, 71, told NBC.
In June, Hair was transferred from the specialized COVID-19 intensive care unit to a regular ICU. A few weeks later, he went to just one hospital ward. In September, he finally began in-patient rehab. Then, Thursday, the final OK to go home.
However, hair has no illusion about the long road ahead.
“I know it will be difficult, but I have a support system, which has cared and cared for me ever since I walked into the hospital,” he told NBC. “It keeps me going and keeps me going.”