Former COVID-19 patient visits southern Indiana health care staff to give thanks

After spending 36 days in the intensive care unit with COVID-19 in March 2020, a Jeffersonville man gave a big “thank you” to the health care workers who saved his life.Walking through to the ICU unit on Thursday, 66-year- old Marcus Daniels said he’s blessed — blessed to be alive and blessed to be able to say “thank you.””It’s great, it’s glorious, it’s a hallelujah moment, it’s that,” Daniels said.Two years ago, at the start of the pandemic, he was fighting for his life for 36 days. The staff of nurses and health care workers at one southern Indiana hospital were by his side through it all.”These last two years have been really hard, and we’ve worked really hard on these patients and to see that come full circle, to See him walk into here today felt really good,” said Katie Ziegler, a nurse at Baptist Health Floyd. Daniels said there were high and low days, as his wife had COVID-19 as well for a short period of time. He told WLKY despite seeing people die from the virus, his faith never wavered.”All I can say is based on the fact of just being here, it’s like a pay it forward in his way,” Daniels said.It’s why he brought pictures and treats to the staff at Baptist Health Floyd, to give thanks. Nurse Emma Roesner said he’s not the only former patient to come back and put a smile on their faces.”Out of a handful of the last couple of months, we’ve seen a couple of survivors come back and visit us and it just keeps you going,” she said.While Daniels is all smiles right now, the road to full recovery still has its twists and turns.”You still have some kind of post-COVID-19 symptoms. not as bad as my wife does and the shortness of breath,” Daniels told WLKY.This is why he wants to share one message to the community through his story of survival.”People right now need to know because there are people that are out There that still do not believe that COVID-19 is real,” said Daniels.

After spending 36 days in the intensive care unit with COVID-19 in March 2020, a Jeffersonville man gave a big “thank you” to the health care workers who saved his life.

Walking through to the ICU unit on Thursday, 66-year-old Marcus Daniels said he’s blessed — blessed to be alive and blessed to be able to say “thank you.”

“It’s great, it’s glorious, it’s a hallelujah moment, it’s that,” Daniels said.

Two years ago, at the start of the pandemic, he was fighting for his life for 36 days. The staff of nurses and health care workers at one southern Indiana hospital were by his side through it all.

“These last two years have been really hard, and we’ve worked really hard on these patients and to see that come full circle, to see him walk into here today felt really good,” said Katie Ziegler, a nurse at Baptist Health Floyd .

Daniels said there were high and low days, as his wife had COVID-19 as well for a short period of time. He told WLKY despite seeing people die from the virus, his faith never wavered.

“All I can say is based on the fact of just being here, it’s like a pay it forward in his way,” Daniels said.

It’s why he brought pictures and treats to the staff at Baptist Health Floyd, to give thanks. Nurse Emma Roesner said he’s not the only former patient to come back and put a smile on their faces.

“Out of a handful of the last couple of months, we’ve seen a couple of survivors come back and visit us and it just keeps you going,” she said.

While Daniels is all smiles right now, the road to full recovery still has its twists and turns.

“You still have some kind of post-COVID-19 symptoms. I still have the ringing in the ears, not as bad as my wife does and the shortness of breath,” Daniels told WLKY.

This is why he wants to share one message to the community through his story of survival.

“People right now need to know because there are people that are out there that still do not believe that COVID-19 is real,” Daniels said.

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