32 days on ventilator: Covid patient struggles to breathe again


HINGHAM, Mass. – “Is he going to get there? Kim Bello asked, grabbing her phone, alone in her yard.

She had slipped out so that her three children, playing games in the living room, could be protected from a heartbreaking conversation with a doctor treating her husband, Jim. For two weeks, he had fought the coronavirus at Massachusetts General Hospital, on a ventilator and, for the past nine days, connected to an artificial heart-lung machine of last resort as well.


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