Claudia Patterson was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July. She remained unconscious for two months.
Raymond, Raymond’s husband, was with her as the doctors advised that the Arizona resident should be placed on extracorporeal Membran Oxygenation (ECMO).
“When someone is really sick with a COVID case, and COVID goes in and attacks the lung, it gets so bad that your body isn’t able to deliver oxygen right through your lungs to your blood,”Dr. Shad marvasti, University of Arizona, said. “And that’s where ECMO comes in.”
Claudia’s lungs only function at 15%. Some doctors believed she would need a lung transplant to make it through her life. However, she stayed on the ECMO machine 135 days.
“Not only are you on a machine and a ventilator and all of that, but you had to stay kind of still because any false move could have exploded the blood,”Claudia Patterson stated.
Claudia was eventually able to get better after a lot of occupational and physical therapy.
Claudia re-learned how to walk and talk, and was finally ready to leave Dignity Health St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and head home for the first time in almost seven months.
“I was able to take a sigh of relief,”Raymond said. “You know it’s like okay. We kind of made it through the hard part.”
Claudia closes the chapter and now her main goal is to heal.
“I feel okay,”She said. My breathing is still a challenge. It’s not the only thing I have wrong at the moment, but I’m grateful for that. It’s a great feeling to be grateful.