Lorenzo Rodriguez, 83, of Florida found the coronavirus in this March — soon after the man began to complain of fever.
His condition rapidly deteriorated and doctors had to place Rodriguez in a medically induced coma. He struggled with the virus for a long 75 days, but the daughter of Lorenzo, Esther Silva, did not doubt that the father will handle it.
“I believe that it will break. — says Silva — He’s so stubborn, I knew that he would not give up.”
The case has finally moved from a dead point, when Silva heard about the plasma treatment COVID-19 — and convinced the doctors to resort to experimental therapies. Treatment began on 18 April, and soon there was a real medical breakthrough.
“I was told that my father was finally able to move my arm and eyes. — says Esther. — It was incredible. God answered my prayers.”
Rodriguez took a long week with many UPS and downs to recover. The man has overcome more than one problem, of complications from pneumonia to surges in blood pressure, but did not lose courage.
After 75 days in the hospital, 83-year-old Lorenzo Rodriguez has beaten COVID-19, and gets to head home from @BaptistHealthSF. I’ll have his incredible story of survival later today on @WPLGLocal10. pic.twitter.com/769YTWyoNt
— Ian Margol (@IanMargolWPLG) June 16, 2020
“I kept telling him to give 150%. — tells Silva — Reminded to fight. That’s exactly what he did.”
After 75 days courageous battle with COVID-19 tests finally showed that Rodriguez is healthy. The hospital staff saw him off with applause.
“As soon as I saw him again, just speechless. — Silva admits through tears — I’m an only child and my dad is my hero, and he was so happy at that moment. <…> What could be better than to see him again?”