Patient Experience

“This player wanted to play” – victory after 3 weeks in ICU with severe COVID-19 infection

Ramzi spent approximately 3 weeks in ICU with severe COVID-19 infection after 10 days of illness at home. He required a long duration on a mechanical ventilator, a brief run of proning (being nursed on the front instead of the back for lung aeration) and a tracheostomy among many other therapies. We captured this photo, complete with cheeky grin, on the first day he walked. That day was followed by 2 laps of the ICU (‘victory laps’) and many smiles, laughs and tears. He has now had his tracheostomy successfully removed, is officially cleared from COVID-19 and is awaiting a bed on the ward to continue rehabilitation. He had the following words to say:

“There aren’t enough words to explain what you doctors and nurses have done to help me. To you people who think COVID 19 is a joke – take it very seriously! You doctors and nurses have worked so hard to get me back on my feet. I’m lost for words. Words can’t describe how grateful I am. It takes a team of players, and this player wanted to play! And I can’t wait for a T-Bone steak and a beer!”

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