DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) – A 25-year-old COVID-19 survivor is lucky to be alive. Doctors told him that he nearly died on three different occasions in the four months he was hospitalized with the virus.
Jason Barbosa, 25, met the doctor who saved his life after contracting COVID-19 for the first time on Monday. The last time Dr. Jeffrey Huml of Northwestern Medicine saw Barbosa, the young man was unconscious; the virus had forced him into a coma for six weeks.
“For some reason, you have another chance,” Huml told Barbosa. “I’m in awe … It’s really a miracle.”
Barbosa says that his entire body was turned off and that the virus was about to kill him on several occasions.
“They told my family to come say goodbye to me three times because they were going to disconnect me,” he said.
But the 25-year-old survived and is on the long road to recovery. He was discharged from DuPage Central Hospital last August after spending nearly four months there, but he still needs to check in frequently as he deals with the aftermath of the virus.
Barbosa says she hopes to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as she can and see her immediate family. His wife, his two children and his parents are all in Mexico and have not been able to visit him.
“When I woke up, it was the first thing that came to mind: wanting to survive, wanting to be positive so that I could be there for them,” he said.
Huml says Barbosa’s case should serve as a warning as she is young and had no pre-existing health problems, but suffered serious complications from COVID-19.
“Young people must also take this very seriously. Every day … people die from the virus, ”Huml said.
At its peak, Central DuPage was treating 111 COVID-19 patients. Now the number has dropped to around 25, but doctors say it is important to remember the threat of serious illness or even death.
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