Dianna Hare did not have to live, let alone return home. But a 67-year-old woman from Michigan finally walked through her front door – with a walker – after fighting COVID-19 for six months in hospital.
Ann Arbor’s hair was released from the hospital on Thursday in 196 days, almost three times more than the most severe patients with coronavirus, according to mlive.com. However, she still needs a ventilator at night, and she can’t walk more than 50 feet without resting.
“It completely changed my life,” Volos told NBC News. “The whole process, from nausea and going to the hospital to recovery, and then rehabilitation and being on a ventilator ̵1; it’s all just exhausting.”
Hair and husband Ken became infected in late March. His symptoms were mild: fever, aching cough and vomiting.
Three days later, her long stay in Michigan medicine began – and the problems never seemed to stop. Blood stopped flowing to her colon, which eventually had to be removed by surgeons. Then, 10 weeks on mechanical ventilation, several infections in the chest and stomach and kidney failure, according to NBC.
Three times doctors called Volos’s husband and their three daughters to say goodbye.
“There’s something about her fighting spirit that made her do it, because not everyone in that situation would have time to do it,” said Ken Hare, 71, NBC.
In June, the hair was transported from the specialized intensive care unit COVID-19 to the intensive care unit. Weeks later, she was admitted to a hospital ward. In September, she finally began inpatient rehabilitation. Then, Thursday, the final OK to return home.
However, hair has no illusions about the long road ahead.
“I know it’s going to be hard, but I have my support system that has kept and cared for me since I got into that hospital,” she told NBC. “It’s something that has supported me and continues to support me.”