KANSAS CITY, MO – The United States reached a dismal milestone on Monday, recording more than 500,000 deaths related to COVID-19. It’s a sobering statistic for families on the Kansas City subway who have lost loved ones as well as those who call themselves COVID survivors.
“I am definitely blessed to be here,” said Shakell Avery, a COVID-19 survivor.
The 24 year old spent weeks on a ventilatorand fought for his life.
Doctors diagnosed him with COVID-19 in April when he arrived at the hospital complaining of chills, high fever, body aches, and shortness of breath. The next day, Avery was admitted to the intensive care unit.
He was the first patient on the subway to receive a convalescent plasma transfusion that helped him recover. Months later he returned to the Menorah Medical Center thank his doctors and nurses.
“When I see pictures, videos, and documents of where I’ve been and what state I’ve been in, every day is a moment because it could have been taken lightly,” said Avery.
While there have been many dark times over the past year, hospitals have found unique ways to celebrate moments of goodness.
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute held a farewell for a 73 year old Everidge Cade.
Cade initially went to the hospital because of shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April and spent 30 days on a ventilator and months in recovery.
Nathan List, a physical therapist who worked with Cade, said he remembers the day Cade was able to go home.
“One of the first questions we ask our patients is what is your goal here in therapy and here at the institute? How can we help you achieve this goal? “Asked List.” And he should come home and return to his family. “
“Those success stories in every part of therapy make the job really worthwhile, but right now with the world doing this, it’s much better to see someone like this come home.”