“I was sick, like, really gasping.” Oro-Medonte woman home again after 7-week COVID-19 treatment

Family was told to prepare for the worst

If you’re still not convinced COVID-19 is an issue, meet Judy Carson of Oro-Medonte.

“Nothing compares to this. If you don’t believe in coronavirus I hope you believe in prayer and pray that you don’t get it.”

– Judy Carson

Carson, 78, was discharged from RVH Tuesday, seven weeks after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Prior to that, she was quarantined on a cruise ship with her husband, Reg. Three of her seven weeks at RVH were spent in the Intensive Care Unit.

“Her condition worsened and she was moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where the care team told her family to prepare for the worst,” says Betty Anne Whelan, manager of the Respiratory unit. “But Judy was not giving up. After three weeks in the ICU, she was stable enough to return to our unit and spent another three weeks recovering well enough to go home.

Carson was greeted outside the hospital Tuesday by her husband, who was not allowed to visit her during the seven weeks.

She says she’s looking forward to sitting in her sunroom, waving to her neighbours and the birds…and enjoying a hot cappuccino.

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