Texas man home for the holidays after 453 days in hospital recovering covid

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Covid-19 put life on hold for Dub Crochet.

The Bellaire, Texas man had contracted a serious case of the coronavirus in August 2021 before being confined to a hospital for months, preventing him from enjoying milestones and vacations.

He missed the birth of his new grandson. He wasn’t home to host Thanksgiving dinner last year. He also didn’t get out of the hospital in time to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Most of his doctors were not optimistic that he would be able to leave the hospital at all. And if he did, doctors told Crochet’s wife, he would likely be in a vegetative state.

But after 453 days in the hospital recovering from the virus and a series of complications, Crochet rolled out of the facility in a wheelchair to the cheers of doctors and nurses, in time to make Thanksgiving and Christmas at home for the first time in more than a year. to celebrate. .

“It was hard for me to lay there on Thanksgiving [and] over Christmas because I’m a big holiday person,” Crochet told The Washington Post. “Missing that was hard.”

Crochet took home a new phase of the pandemic when, for the first time in the United States, more people who have received at least the primary series of a coronavirus vaccine are dying of Covid-19 than those who haven’t, according to a analysis conducted for The Post’s Health 202 by Cynthia Cox, vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Fifty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were people who had been vaccinated or given a booster, the analysis showed.

While unvaccinated people are still more likely to die from Covid-19, the disease could kill vaccinated people because the effectiveness of the preventive drug wears off over time. US health officials have urged people to keep their vaccinations up to date by getting booster shots.

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Crochet, who had no pre-existing conditions and was fully vaccinated at the time, tested positive in August 2021, his wife, Rachel Crochet, told The Post. An emergency room visit to treat Crochet’s fever and lower oxygen levels turned into a stay in the hospital’s ICU. Four days later he was put on a ventilator.

He pushed through pneumonia, collapsed lungs, pancreatitis, kidney failure, and what seemed like a never-ending list of viral complications. Every time Crochet started to get better, a new ailment appeared.

“Every organ in his body failed at some point except his heart and his brain,” said 70-year-old Rachel Crochet. “The doctors looked at me and said, ‘He’s not going to survive.'”

In December, Crochet was transferred to a long-term care facility, where things slowly began to improve, but due to an infection that failed to heal properly after another emergency surgery, his doctors postponed his discharge date.

It wasn’t until November 9 that a nurse pushed Dub’s wheelchair down the facility hallway as doctors, nurses and family applauded as he approached the exit door. Some held signs that read “Well done Dad!” and “Double crochet. You are my hero” on the way home.

In an interview with Houston-based news station KPRC, Crochet mentioned hospital staff and his family. “God bless them,” he told the outlet. “They are my rock.”

This week the Crochets organized Thanksgiving. He sat at one end of the table, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. They ate green beans and sweet potatoes prepared by Crochet himself.

The kids made Thanksgiving crafts. They had a little photo shoot. The family turned on the TV to watch football. For the first time in over a year, everything felt normal.

“Did you ever think that daddy would be sitting at the table at home?” Rachel Crochet said that a family member had asked one of the grandchildren.

“I feel like I’m dreaming.”

McKenzie Beard contributed to this report.

The Valley Voicehttp://thevalleyvoice.org
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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