The virus plunged him into a medical coma, he told Anderson Cooper of CNN on Wednesday. And when he woke up, he was paralyzed.
“I really thought I had been involved in an accident or some kind of incident,” said Case. He has since had to learn to stand and write.
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Case underwent intensive therapy in the hope of regaining the mobility he lost from his atrophied muscles. Doctors told him that only time will tell what his healing will look like, he said. But if his wife had not insisted on his health care, he may not have recovered at all, he said.
Case and his wife, Anne Costa Case, were sick. But they said they had difficulty accessing a test because they hadn’t traveled and didn’t know anyone who tested positive.
The case may have ended there, but when his symptoms progressed, they went to the hospital.
“When he started reporting shortness of breath, we decided that was it, we have to go to the emergency room,” said Anne Costa Case.
He was transferred to another hospital, put on a ventilator and placed in a medically induced coma for 20 days, he said. Costa Case couldn’t be with him all this time, but she asked the nurses to play her favorite jazz music for him.
By the time he woke up and she saw him again, he had lost so much weight that he was barely recognizable, she said.
“It was probably the most emotional day of my life. I couldn’t see him for almost five weeks, and he was there. And I kept looking at him because he looked like a different person, ”she said.