COLORADO CORONAVIRUS: ‘Nate the Great’ leaves hospital after battling COVID-19 for 158 days

ENGLEWOOD – It was an emotional day at the Swedish Medical Center, as a patient who had been battling COVID-19 for the past five months was released. He has an important message for everyone.

Like the majority of ICU patients battling COVID-19, Nathaniel McWilliams was not vaccinated when he was sick. He almost died. He said that if he had been vaccinated, he probably wouldn’t have spent 158 ​​days in the hospital.

McWilliams said: ‘It sucks because it ate me.

There were lots of cheers and hugs as he left the hospital. There were days along the way where no one thought this would be possible.

“There were a lot of times when I didn’t think he was going to make it,” said his wife, Brenda Bailey.

McWilliams was admitted to the Swedish Medical Center on June 26 with difficulty breathing.

“Take your lungs away, it’s hard, and you have to fight. If you have the disease, don’t doubt yourself, stay optimistic,” says McWilliams.

He tested positive for COVID-19 and was not vaccinated.

“I didn’t decide not to take it, but I did take the time to stand in line to get it,” McWilliams said.

Doctors placed him on an ECMO machine to help get oxygen into his blood. He was there for 91 days.

“ECMO is a huge resource in terms of support. Not available in other hospitals, this is a last resort for someone with respiratory failure. And this whole experience could be avoided with a free and widely available vaccine,” said Dr. Mary Laird Warner.

McWilliams shared her story to encourage others to get vaccinated.

“It’s very important to get that hit, the booster, whatever,” McWilliams said. “I don’t think we would have spent five and a half months in the hospital if he had had the injection. Bailey added.

It was emotional, not just for McWilliams and his wife, but for the entire care team at the Swedish Medical Center.

“Seeing him walk and be able to go home, we were emotional because we fought so hard to get him to that point. We are really happy,” said nurse Madison Babb. “We fought for months to get him to this point. Tired every day. He had a lot of bumps in the road. There was a time when we had to maintain hope and fight. To see him standing was really unbelievable,” she added.

McWilliam is now vaccinated, as is his wife and several friends and family members.

Dr Laird Warner said: “We know that experiencing COVID and developing natural antibodies is very powerful, but there is good research showing that getting vaccinated after recovery is important and can be beneficial. reduce the risk of reinfection.

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Emma Bowman

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