L'uomo del Mississippi che era sul letto di morte con Covid-19 dice che la sua comunità e la sua fede lo hanno salvato

Un viaggio di famiglia a Nashville a marzo ha cambiato per sempre David Johnson e la sua famiglia.

La famiglia Johnson andò durante i primi giorni del Covid-19, quando il pubblico in generale sapeva molto poco del virus. The family returned with slight nausea, thinking it was food poisoning.
Johnson’s wife and children developed flu-like symptoms, while his nausea got worse. He began having trouble breathing and could not stop coughing.
I remember one morning doing an interview at 11 a.m., di 11 p.m. that night I was on life support,” ha detto Johnson, who covers University of Mississippi and Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football for 247 Gli sport, a subsidiary of CBS Sports.
    A very weak David Johnson being wheeled out into a courtyard after day 33 in the hospital for a brief visit with his family.

    Johnson was ultimately in the hospital for 46 giorni, 21 of which were on life support. A un certo punto, his brother had already started planning for his funeral and doctors told his wife, Ashley, there was nothing more they could do to save him.
    E ancora, Johnson has since made a full recovery. The 6-foot-1 Mississippi native who once weighed 250 pounds lost 52 pounds during his time fighting Covid-19. He has gained 20 of those pounds back and also recovered his sense of taste and smell.
    Johnson attributes this recovery to the power of community, prayer and overall, his faith.
    Doctors told me they could not give me a medical explanation for how I turned better,” Johnson told CNN. “Nobody can give me that explanation. It is in my mind and in my heart that the power of prayer is what delivered me from my death bed. I believe God left air in my lungs and kept me here on earth to spread that message.

    ‘At least it’s not Covid

    The Johnsons went to Nashville for a sports conference, Johnson ha detto.
    During their trip, the family went out to celebrate the birthday of Johnson’s wife, Ashley. They starting feeling funny the days following the dinner.
    We were all a little nauseous. Al tempo, I don’t think people were putting stomach issues with Covid,” Ashley told CNN. “We thought, ‘We can’t eat, but at least it’s not Covid.Our first thought was we had a touch of food poisoning.
    Other red flags popped up, Ashley said. Her husband was tired and their 22-year-old son, Eli, a college football player, lost his appetite. Their 6-year-old daughter, Tori, started throwing up.
    Johnson was in denial at the time, ha detto alla CNN.
    I’m an avid news watcher and I was watching how it was spreading across the world and into the US. … I subliminally told myself it was just a stomachache.
    But as his illness progressed, he became convinced he had it. He called his doctor and was told no tests were available so he had to wait four days for a test. Johnson wasn’t able to wait, anche se, and he was tested for strep and flu.
    When he called his doctor again with reports of difficulty breathing and a consistent cough, he was told to go to the hospital immediately.
    I actually collapsed at the emergency room entrance,” Johnson ha detto.
    He was told he’d need to be on a ventilator. He resisted because of the statistics he read about many people not making it after being put on a ventilator.
    Johnson texted his 20-year-old daughter, Sydney, while fighting with medical staff.
    She said the text read, “I think I’m dying.
    He finally accepted the ventilator. His family didn’t know if he’d ever come back home.
    Sydney — who did not go to Nashville with her family because she was on spring breaksays she drove home that night despite them having Covid-19. The Johnsons sat together outside in the cold.
    It’s so weird grieving in that way, 6 feet apart on concrete,” lei disse.

    My husband is a fighter

    After the first eight days of being on a ventilator, Johnson said medical staff told his wife he had only a 5% chance of surviving.
    On day nine, they told her there was a 0% chance of survival. At this point during the pandemic, ventilators and personal protective equipment were in short supply in the US.
    They asked my wife to sign a ‘do not resuscitate’ ordine,” Johnson ha detto.
    I told them, ‘My husband is a fighter, let him fight.I begged them. I knew with three children, they needed their daddy and I needed a husband. I told the doctors I believe in miracles,” Ashley told CNN.
    Doctors and Johnson’s family argued about his condition and whether to keep him on life support. A decision was finally made to keep him on it.
    Ancora, Doctors prepared the family for his death.
    My brother had already made funeral arrangements, that’s how close to death I was,” Johnson ha detto.
    Because his daughter Sydney was the only one who had not tested positive, Johnson said they allowed her to come visit and say her final goodbyes. She had been receiving updates on her father everyday from her mother.
    In the moment I was so excited to go in there, it didn’t dawn on me that the reason they were calling me was to say goodbye,” Sydney told CNN.
    When she arrived to the hospital, Sydney said she walked right past her father’s room and didn’t even realize it was him because he had lost so much weight.
    He was so frail,” lei disse.
    She put on protective equipment from head to toe, and remembers wearing three different masks.
    Sydney then made the Facetime call no one ever wants to make and dropped her phone in a plastic bag.
    It was just so surreal to think that my brother, my sister and my mother were saying goodbye through a plastic bag,” lei disse.
    The family told Johnson everything was going to be OK, that he was strong and they love him.
    Sydney remembers his heart monitor going crazy after that. Over the next 48 ore, Johnson would show improvement allowing him to stay on the ventilator.
    From the moment he heard his family’s voice it was just an uphill climb from what seemed like the very, very bottom,” Sydney said. “I think that meant he knew we were there and I think that has something to do with why he’s here today.

    ‘This has been one of the most blessed years of our lives

    Johnson was unable to walk or speak as his condition improved.
    He returned home May 12, just a day before his daughter’s sixth birthday.
    Took me another six weeks before I could walk on my own again,” Egli ha detto.
    Johnson underwent speech, physical and occupational therapy upon exiting the hospital. It was during this time his wife began telling him what she and the kids had been through while he was gone. She was quarantined with her 22-year-old son and youngest daughter for 21 giorni.
    Even with Covid, I had to really focus and be strong for my children and husband,” Ashley said.
    But that’s when the Oxford, Mississippi, and University of Mississippi community stepped in to show their support, the family told CNN.
    I could never thank them enough. I had a hot meal outside of my door every day,” Ashley said, adding that people offered to buy groceries and pay bills. “We did not want for anything and I never had to ask.
    David Johnson after a visit to therapy following a 46-day hospitalization for COVID-19.

    One of Johnson’s coworkers also started a GoFundMe for the family, whose medical bills soared to at least $ 1 milioni. The campaign was able to raise at least $ 40,000, Johnson ha detto.
    The stories of people praying for him are what really struck Johnson, anche se.
    Thousands of people stopped and prayed for me and my family, and that’s the lasting impression,” Egli ha detto.
      And yet despite having gone through such an ordeal, the Johnsons don’t look back at 2020 with disdain.
      This has been one of the most blessed years of our lives,” Johnson told CNN in reference to people apologizing to him for the crappy year. “It’s brought us closer as a family, it’s reprioritized what’s important in our lives and instilled our faith in humanity.

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