COVID survivor still 'fighting every day'

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MORA, Minn. (WCCO) — He went from one of the Twin Cities’ astir captious COVID patients to survive to a 54-year-old Mora antheral inactive struggling to breathe.

Jerry Greenwood looked backmost connected his much than 100 days successful the infirmary and his uncertain future.

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“They travel successful with your record and they conscionable shingle their head. They can’t judge you’re here,” Greenwood said of his doctors who spot him now.

Having a speech sitting connected his surviving country sofa successful Mora seemed acold disconnected a fewer months ago.

“Yeah his record is beauteous big. Everyone wants to perceive to his lungs,” his woman Lila Greenwood joked.

Jerry Greenwood’s combat with COVID-19 was documented done pictures that captured the cruel world of a pandemic that, for months, they’d worked to avoid.

“Hand sanitizer. Going retired precise little, conscionable to store and travel back,” Lila Greenwood said.

A longtime work manager astatine a section car dealership and a diabetic, Jerry’s full household became infected past November. They each got by with mild symptoms.

“So, I thought well, that’s what I’m going to spell through. But, it deed maine successful a full antithetic way,” Jerry Greenwood said.

His wife, Lila, told america successful March this past twelvemonth implicit zoom of her husband’s volition to live. From a ventilator to an ECMO instrumentality astatine Abbott, months of setbacks.

It’s clip that Jerry doesn’t remember. Learning to locomotion and to speech each implicit again.

In all, 114 days passed until helium went location successful April.

“A batch of radical think, ‘Oh, you’re retired of the hospital. You’ve made it, you’re done.’ That was not adjacent fractional the battle,” Jerry Greenwood said.

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“I ne'er took anything. Not adjacent a vitamin,” Jerry said of his beingness before.

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Now, bosom medication, humor thinners and pills for PTSD from the clip helium spent successful a coma. In all, helium takes 20 a day.

“I can’t assistance overmuch much than … level-wise,” helium said arsenic helium tried to rise his arms and couldn’t.

His assemblage could besides instrumentality up to a twelvemonth to get backmost to a mean scope of motion.

But, it is possibly Jerry’s breathing that is astir jarring.

“You locomotion to the adjacent country and you’re warring for a breath, thinking, americium I going to get implicit this one?” helium said of the thoughts that spell done his mind.

Describing it arsenic a accordant feeling of drowning that has again sent him to the infirmary twice. Still, helium is focused connected getting amended for his family.

“The 1 portion that I haven’t been capable to do, I haven’t been capable to get connected the level with my granddaughter. You know, due to the fact that I’d ne'er get up,” helium said.

The tiny things helium erstwhile took for granted and a reminder of the conflict that for immoderate COVID has near behind.

“The semipermanent conflict is what I’m warring each day,” Jerry Greenwood said.

Doctors archer Jerry his breathing volition person to dramatically amended earlier they’re comfy operating connected his shoulders to get backmost to a afloat scope of motion.

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His aesculapian bills person topped much than $1 cardinal and it’s chartless erstwhile oregon if he’ll beryllium capable to enactment again. There is simply a money acceptable up to help.

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