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One of Memorial Hospital's first COVID-19 long haulers survives

"What’s next? Am I going to survive this? Is it deadly? What are my odds of living?"
Posted at 7:29 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 19:29:49-05

In March of 2020, Godfrey Edmond was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Edmond was the first person admitted at memorial Hospital that had contracted the virus. Not knowing how deadly COVID-19 could be Godfrey was concerned about his well being,

“I didn’t know anything about it. The doctors knew little about it. So I was like ‘What’s next? Am I going to survive this? Is it deadly? What are my odds of living?" Says Godfrey Edmond, COVID-19 Survivor.

Doctors realized Godfrey had borderline diabetes and to save Godfrey's life doctors had to put Edmond into an induced coma.

"I stayed up in the ICU and then the doctor and his staff came in and told me ‘I got to induce you in a coma right now," states Edmond.

After 21 days, Godfrey woke up. And after 60 days in the hospital, he was released.
Post-COVID, Godfrey suffers from nerve damage and now is in physical therapy.

“With me, there was nerve damage in my right hand and my left leg from my knee down. But my leg has Improved. And it’s getting better day by day, week by week,” said the COVID-19 Survivor.

The doctors at Memorial are happy to see Godfrey on the road to recovery.

“It’s quite rewarding and I think with Mr. Edmond if you see the footage, I think everybody feels similarly and is celebrating not only survival but aggressive improvement and hope for continued improvement,” says Dr. Janice Cohen, MD.