Transcript for COVID-19 patient reunites with doctor who helped save her life
It's a moment we're seeing more and more lately. Healthy covid patients finally leaving the hospital, flanked by the heroes who helped save their lives, but Edwina kaine was determined to make her tee par tour unique. I said when I walk out of here, I promise you, before I leave, I'm going to dance. And I kept my promise. And she sure did, with a signature twerk as she got into the car. This triumphant moment for Edwina came after eight days in the hot. Four of which she was on the ventilator. Doctors describe her recovery miraculous. We were watching hour by hour seeing. But towards the third day she started to improve. And she improved dramatically. Day four, day five, she was ready to get out of the ventilator. And that was a miracle. For Edwina, covid-19 started with what she thought was a code, then a persistent cough. I was just feeling like a little icky, a little off. Days later after waking up from a nap she was unable to breathe. Being diabetic left her more vulnerable to the virus. A tube down the throat was inevitable. There was no way we could try anything else. Placed on a ventilator, her chances looked grim. 88% who were placed on a ventilator later died. But miraculously, four days after arriving at Richmond medical center, she surprised all her doctors and nurses. We had to rush in and take the tube out, otherwise she was going to take it out herself. Edwina's condition continued to improve rapidly. Her spirit charming the medical team by her side. Her energy took the whole entire unit, the medical staff, the nurses, medical assistant, they all got to be friends with her. On April 10th, Edwina left the hospital, forever grateful to the heroes who refused to let her die. How do you say thank you to the men and women working around the clock risking their lives to take care of people like yourself who are stricken? You guys actually taught me, hey, there's hope. And I can't, actually, I can't, I don't even know how to thank you enough. Her joyful departure just as inspiring for Dr. Francesco and his team. What was that like Wheeling her down the hall and watching her cheered on by everyone? The thing is the whole hospital needed a moment like that. We were being critically hit by a lot of people dying and very sick and we needed a motivation. While I was interviewing the doctor we arranged for Edwina to join our video call to surprise her doctor. How are you? How are you doin'! You look wonderful. Thank you. It's because of you! You did go home! I made it! I made it! She says she had recently found her own apartment after moving out of a homeless hell shelter while working two jobs. Edwina is studying to be in the medical field. I didn't know that, that's great news. She's going to join your ranks soon. Yeah, come over. Patient and doctor inspiring each other through the crisis. Seeing you is the best thank you I can get. Thank you very much. I love you!
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