FAMILY & PARENTING

Man Spends 99 Days In Hospital Fighting COVID-19, Wakes Up From Coma To Learn Wife Died From It

by Amy Paige
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“Being an old guy I have lived through a lot of things, but I never would’ve thought of this happening.”

In March 2020, the 75-year-old Oklahoma man was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was eventually hooked up to a ventilator.

He doesn’t remember much about the time he spent at Mercy Hospital, but he knew his beloved wife of 52 years was being treated at the same hospital for the same reason.

Judy was in a coma just down the hall after being admitted the day before Russell.

The couple’s daughters were terrified they’d lose both of their parents.

There were nights Russell would call out for Judy in the thick of his illness.

Then something unexpected happened … Russell got better. He woke up from his coma and would soon embark on his long road to recovery, 70 pounds lighter.

But when Russell woke up from his coma, he learned the earth-shattering news about his dearly beloved Judy.

KFOR Oklahoma City

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