Man Given 'One Percent Chance of Surviving' Coronavirus Receives Heartwarming Ovation After Recovering
Gregg Garfield spent 31 of his 64 days in the hospital on a ventilator
After spending over two months battling the novel coronavirus in the hospital, Gregg Garfield was finally able to go home — and he was surprised with a special recovery send-off.
Known as "Patient Zero," Garfield was the first coronavirus patient to check into St. Joseph's Providence Medical Center in Burbank, California, after he contracted the virus in February on a group ski trip in northern Italy, CBS Los Angeles reported.
Garfield spent 64 days in the hospital, 31 of which he was on a ventilator, as he fought for his life in what his sister, Stephanie Garfield Bruno, wrote was "his most difficult journey to date."
On a GoFundMe page she set up for her brother, Stephanie wrote: "He had a 1% chance of surviving. The doctors and nursing staff had to always remain 3 steps ahead of any potential disasters because to enter his room took about 15 minutes for them to gear up in their hazmat attire."
After beating the odds, Garfield was discharged from the hospital Friday and met by his friends, family, and hospital staff to celebrate his healthy recovery.
Amanda Kloots — whose husband Nick Cordero continues to fight the coronavirus in the hospital — shared the heartwarming video of Garfield's departure from the hospital on her Instagram, admitting that she "watched this video maybe 100 times."
"Each time I get chills and teary-eyed," she added.
I’ve watched this video maybe 100 times and each time I get chills and teary eyed! This is my new friend, Gregg Garfield, walking out of St. Joseph’s hospital in LA after 64 days - COVID SURVIVOR! I connected with his girlfriend AJ and his sister Stephanie last week after donating to their Go Fund Me, please donate to him if you can. Since then they all have been a nonstop support system to me, encouraging me to not give up because Gregg made it through! Gregg’s story is very similar to Nicks so to have these three as new friends to talk to has been amazing. What a send off this was! That’s an amazing Code Rocky! Congratulations to the hospital, doctors and nurses and most importantly Gregg!!
In the clip, Garfield is seen holding onto the arms of his sister and girlfriend as he stands up out of his wheelchair and makes his way out of the hospital doors. As he walks the hall, Garfield is surrounded by dozens of people with signs of encouragement, clapping for his recovery as his girlfriend gives an enthusiastic fist pump.
“These guys in the hospital are unbelievable. This walkthrough of love, it’s just amazing,” Garfield told the news station. “These doctors are the best of the best. I could not have survived anywhere else.”
Stephanie also expressed her utmost appreciation for the hospital for saving her brother's life. "I'm so thankful for this hospital," she told CBS Los Angeles. "They saved his life. Every person who has been in here to take care of him and who has talked to him and hold his hand because we couldn’t.”
Dr. Daniel Dea, who works at Providence Saint Joseph, said the hospital referred to Garfield as their "miracle patient."
"I believe there is a 70 percent or above mortality rate for COVID patients that go on a ventilator. So for him to survive with a near full recovery is amazing," he said.