A 67-year-old Michigan woman survived coronavirus after being hospitalized for 196 days.
Deanna Hair was on a Zoom book club call four days before being admitted into the hospital for ischemic colitis.
Hair and her husband reportedly began experiencing coronavirus symptoms after they returned from their trip from Palm Springs, California. While her husband experienced only minor symptoms, Hair was not so lucky.
After they both tested positive on March 31, Hair experienced a fever, cough, and even started vomiting four days later.
She was admitted to the hospital on April 3 and was consequently diagnosed with what is known as “dead gut” which was caused by reduced blood flow to her large intestine. This diagnosis was a cause of coronavirus.
Hair depended on a ventilator to breathe and struggled to fight off infections after the doctors had part of her colon removed. At this point, her immune system had weakened.
Fighting for her life, she did it alone due to the virus protocols put into place. However, nurses tried their best to help the family keep in touch virtually with Facetime and phone calls.
Her condition worsened every day. New organs were being affected while she was hospitalized and doctors feared Hair was nearing her death.
Her family had visited her often in the hospital and with every visit, her vitals would get better.
After two months of being in the hospital, she was tested again for the virus. The results came up negative and she was consequently moved to the regular ICU. Because she was not affected by the virus, her family members were able to visit her — under more lenient visitation rules.
Her doctor, Dr. Philip Choi, a pulmonologist, said she started getting better soon after the visits. Her body parts started to heal, beginning with her kidneys, then her lungs, and finally her mental state.
Hair credits positive thoughts, prayers and positive energy from her family and friends for her motivation to keep on recovering. Her doctor noted that Hair has a strong family support and loves her family very much.
She gradually became stronger as the days went on and was finally released on Oct. 15. Friends, family and grandchildren gathered around the hospital, rejoicing in her triumph. Hair’s eyes glowed as she knew she was surrounded by loved ones.
Her husband brought her to the car and they embraced one another. USA Today says they embraced for a long time as he whispered in her ear, “You made it.”
Although Hair is finally at home and still recovering, doctors say she needs to stay vigilant. Her hospital stay was one of the longest on record regarding coronavirus.
Her daughter, Jennifer Hair, is quoted saying, “It’s been a life-changing experience for my mom and myself. I don’t know how much people realize how (COVID-19) affects people and their families and their loved ones.”