Updated: June 15, 2021 08:42 AM
Created: June 14, 2021 10:03 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Two Rochester area hospitals announced a milestone Monday, saying they aren't seeing any new COVID-19 patients coming into their intensive care units. News10NBC caught up with a COVID survivor who says he never thought he would see this day.
Xiaobing "Shelby" Hu, 53, told News10NBC he spent 47 days in the hospital last year and more than half of those days in a coma because of COVID-19. He says he's now doing very well.
"The doctors who visited me and came into the room said they were surprised how quickly I recovered from being in a coma,” Hu said.
After spending five weeks in a coma, his family not knowing if he was ever going to wake up, Hu was released from Rochester Regional on May 13. He said not only does he feel like a miracle, but knowing other people aren't suffering has created a light at the end of the tunnel.
"I'm so glad to hear that there are no patients in the ICU, that's a great improvement,” Hu said.
Rochester General Hospital and Unity Hospital, which are both a part of Rochester Regional Health, announced Monday there are no active COVID-19 cases in either hospital's intensive care unit.
"To get our ICU down to zero active COVID patients was tremendous,” said Unity ICU Medical Director Jake Lyons.
At one point, Unity had 40 patients in intensive care, 28 of them with COVID, and the entire unit technically only has room for a total of 20, so it was at 200% capacity. Doctors say one of many reliefs for them now is the psychological strain they endured for so long.
"It was tough to see those folks get sick or die. It was nice to see people get better but it was very tough,” Lyons said.
Hu said he's only been out of the hospital for a short time, but when he walks outside, it feels like the fear of COVID-19 has almost disappeared.
"The tension and how people feel about the pandemic is way down and has reduced compared to before,” Hu said.
Lyons said the last COVID-19 patient there was able to leave intensive care last Thursday and workers circulated text messages cheering over it.
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