Corry woman returns home following COVID-19 recovery – News –

A 78-year-old Corry woman was discharged from Saint Vincent Hospital after battling COVID-19 for the past two weeks.

Karen King was looking forward to a quiet, relaxing evening at home with family.

The 78-year-old Corry resident was released from Saint Vincent Hospital Tuesday afternoon after spending the past two weeks recovering from COVID-19.

Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who cared for King formed two long lines in the hospital’s lobby and applauded as she was pushed in a wheelchair toward the exit.

“This was overwhelming,” King said.

King arrived at Saint Vincent Hospital on May 12 and had been in the intensive care unit. She was on a ventilator for part of her hospitalization.

“I never thought I’d be this sick,” King said. “I give thanks to my daughter, who decided to bring me to the hospital. If it wasn’t for that, I probably wouldn’t be here because it took a lot out of me.”

King said she suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She began experiencing shortness of breath earlier this month.

“I didn’t think too much of it, but then things just started to progressively go downhill,” King said. “It got to the point where it was time to seek help. My daughter decided it was time for me to try and get some help.”

King was given plasma on her first day of admission, said Nancy Weissbach, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist at Saint Vincent.

“She was quite ill when she came here,” Weissbach said. “She was on a ventilator when she got here. She stabilized and did get off the ventilator. It’s just amazing to see her get better and go home.”

King issued a thank you to her plasma donor.

“I thank the person I received it from because without the plasma, I probably wouldn’t have gotten better,” King said.

“We’ve had a few other patients as well, and she was taken care of as any other patient would in our hospital,” Weissbach said. “She got excellent nursing care. We have dedicated nurses on our COVID floor who went above and beyond in taking care of her.”

King also received care from critical care and infectious diseases specialists and her attending physician, Weissbach said.

“She fought through it and did wonderful,” Weissbach said. “For the team, it’s just so inspiring. We work hard every day to make people better and we know she was critically ill and could have taken a turn for the worse.

“She stabilized and improved. For us, it’s just a feeling of overwhelming gratitude that she has improved,” Weissbach said.

Getting home was at the top of King’s wish list after she received tribute from her applauding line of caregivers.

“I am glad to be back home with my family,” King said. “It’s been a long time and I’m glad to get home and they’re glad for me to be home.”

King said her family members have tested negative for COVID-19.

“I see them on a regular basis, so this will be good for me to be able to see them,” she said.

King offered some advice for those who are battling the new coronavirus.

“Keep the faith and just stay strong,” she said.

Contact Ron Leonardi at Follow him on Twitter @ETNleonardi.

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