California man with 1 percent chance of survival beats COVID-19 after 2-month hospital stay
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California resident Gregg Garfield, 54, spent two months in the hospital battling the novel coronavirus and only had a 1 percent chance of surviving — but he managed to beat the odds and was released Friday.
Garfield was in the hospital for 64 days and spent 31 of them on a ventilator, according to Record Searchlight.
He was also reportedly considered “patient zero” at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, which is only about 10 miles north of Los Angeles.
Garfield was hospitalized after a February trip to Italy, which has remained a global hotspot for the pandemic, Searchlight reported.
“The disease kicked off, and my immune system just ate me alive,” Garfield told KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.