‘You saved my life’: COVID-19 patient goes home after 13 weeks
Jason Vreeke and his family have a lot to be thankful for after his long bout with COVID-19.
GREENSBORO – Jason Vreeke waited more than three months for this moment. He left Moses Cone Hospital, pumping his fist in the air celebrating the end of a long battle with COVID-19.
It was a battle that started July 14, when he was admitted to the hospital with low oxygen levels. Staff transferred Vreeke to the intensive care unit, where he spent six weeks on a ventilator and another six weeks sedated. His stay also included care from staff in Moses Cone's inpatient rehabilitation center.
Tuesday, those experiences flowed through his mind as he left the hospital to the cheers of the medical staff, family and friends who supported him. They lined the sidewalk outside Moses Cone Hospital Entrance A, leading Vreeke to a waiting limousine, ready to take him, his wife Valerie, and their four children home for some much-needed rest and quality time.
As he left the hospital where he’d spent 13 weeks fighting COVID-19, Vreeke couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for everyone who helped along the way.
“I’m very thankful for the excellent care I received,” he said. “You saved my life.”