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Patterson man 'happy to be alive' after nearly 100-day battle with COVID-19

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 09:13:11-04

Monica Jones kept count of how many days her husband Frank Jones was in the hospital.

"Just shy of a hundred days," she says.

"When I woke up," added Frank, "it was May 24th. I had been out since March 24th."

Frank has COPD, and was taken to a local hospital on March 24th after experiencing shortness of breath. There, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in a medically induced coma in the ICU for several weeks.

After two weeks of Frank being in a coma, doctors were telling Monica that it didn't look good for her husband.

After waking up on May 24th, Frank was again tested for COVID-19; again, the result was 'positive.'

Frank stayed at the hospital, where he received dialysis six times a week and started physical therapy.

After several weeks of physical therapy and finally testing negative for the virus, Monica was finally able to bring her husband home.

"All the people in the hospital told me that I'm a miracle," Frank said. "Because everyone that was on a ventilator, and taking dialysis six times a week, they all died except me."

Frank and Monica returned to their home in Patterson on Tuesday, greeted by family and friends who lined the street to welcome them.

"You never know how much people care about you until you see it, and I saw it for myself," Frank said.

Frank still has a journey ahead of him. He will continue physical therapy to relearn how to walk.

After his months-long ordeal, Frank has a message: "For the people that think this Corona is not real - this is real. You need to mask up, wash up, and glove up."

But for now? "I'm just happy to be alive."

Tonight a Patterson man is home after spending more then 90 days in the hospital because of COVID-19. Full story at 10

Posted by Katie Easter on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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