SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – A Springfield man was returned to a nearby hospital on Friday after spending two months in a Kansas City hospital battling COVID-19.
Michelle McGee and her husband Marc, both tested positive for COVID-19 in December.
After spending four days on a ventilator at Cox South, Marc was transferred to Kansas City, where he was on an ECMO and other machines for nearly two months.
“It literally almost killed him,” says McGee. “There was a point where his heart stopped for a full minute and they had to do CPR on him. He was so sick. “
McGee has spent every day visiting him at St. Luke’s for the past month.
“It was hard because I knew my husband needed me, but my kids needed me too,” says McGee. “I had to make a choice and I knew my children would be fine because my mother was taking care of them. My husband needed me more. “
McGee says her husband has remembered nothing since he was first rushed to the hospital in December until he regained consciousness three weeks ago.
“In a way, it’s kind of a blessing that he doesn’t remember all of the struggles and pain he went through,” says McGee.
Marc’s fight with COVID-19 is far from over.
“He’s 49 years old and when he went to the hospital he was healthy and strong,” says McGee. “Now he’s woken up and can’t move his arms and legs.”
He is now in an acute care hospital in Springfield and has months of physiotherapy in his future.
“The goal is to get him to where he can be a little self-sufficient,” says McGee. “They will take him to an inpatient rehab where he can build up his strength and learn to walk again.”
McGee says her beliefs have kept her going for the past few months.
“Friends, family, and strangers have just given us their love and support,” says McGee. “I couldn’t thank them enough because without the prayers and support of the medical community, I don’t think I would have my husband today. I’ve had strangers and neighbors, whom I’ve never met before, who would come up to me and just pray with me. “
McGee says the financial burden of hospital stays weighs on her family, but Marc’s health is all she matters right now.
“We’re going to fight,” says McGee. “It will be difficult, but as long as we have each other we can do it.”
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