COVID-19 patient released from Scripps La Jolla hospital after 8 months of hospitalization

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COVID-19 patient released from Scripps La Jolla hospital after 8 months of hospitalization


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A man who spent eight months in hospital battling COVID-19 and associated complications was finally released on Tuesday.
Jose Eduardo Moreno Amador, 32, named Eduardo Moreno, was transferred to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla in July. He was on life support for a total of six months and in a coma for three months.

“Eduardo came to see us in mid-July with an advanced degree of respiratory failure due to COVID pneumonia,” said Dr. David Scott McCaul, senior physician at Moreno ICU. “His lungs hadn’t really healed to the point where he could detach from that machine stand until January of this year. ”

Moreno, a Los Angeles County resident, first became ill with COVID-19 in July while in Mexico with his family. A spokesperson for Scripps Health said he was then taken across the border for treatment at Scripps in Chula Vista. When his condition worsened on July 19, he was taken to Scripps La Jolla and placed in an intensive care unit (ICU).

On Tuesday, hospital staff cheered him on as he walked out of the hospital’s front doors.

“We never wanted to give up, and to see him here come home, it’s so special, and it means so much to all of the intensive care nurses here and all of the nurses who took care of him,” Carise said. Edwards, an intensive care unit. nurse who looked after Moreno. “He really became a family to us, and it’s so special. ”

Moreno declined to comment on Tuesday, but his mother spoke while standing by his side.

“I said to my sister in the morning, ‘you know what is pinching me, I think I’m dreaming, he’s coming home,’” said Cecilia Amador, Moreno’s mother. “I thank God, and I thank the doctors and nurses in the ICU; they are all so great. ”

Amador was able to stay in touch with his son through video chats and prayers. “As a mom, I was just crying at home, and Dr. McCaul said, ‘Don’t worry, he’s going to come home,’” she said. “He’s been through a lot. “
According to a spokesperson for Scripps Health, Moreno had a comorbid condition, obesity.

Moreno still has a long road to full recovery and will continue with physical therapy. He won’t be able to return to work immediately, so his family has opened a GoFundMe page to raise funds for hospital expenses and bills. If you want to help Moreno, click here.

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