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Mercy Medical Center's first COVID-19 patient discharged after 27 days

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Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 6:16 AM CDT
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The first patient with COVID-19 admitted at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids is out of the hospital.

Alan Stolba, 67, was admitted on March 20, and was

. He started experiencing symptoms while returning from Kansas City on his trucking route. The hospital says Stolba spent eight days on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma.

For the last nine days, he was in Mercy's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, working with speech, occupational and physical therapists to regain his strength.

Stolba says he's grateful for the care he received and is looking forward to going back to work.

1st COVID-19 Patient to Receive Inpatient Care at Mercy Discharged

We’re pleased to share that, after 27 days in the hospital, another Mercy patient who was critically ill with COVID-19 has been discharged from the hospital! You may remember 67-year-old Alan Stolba, whose story was featured on KCRG-TV9 last week. Alan was admitted on March 20 as the first COVID-19 patient to receive inpatient care at Mercy. He began experiencing COVID-like symptoms while returning from Kansas City on his trucking route. His co-worker drove the rig the rest of the way home to Cedar Rapids. After coming to Mercy by ambulance, Alan spent eight days on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma. But, for the last nine days, he’s been on Mercy’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, working with speech, occupational and physical therapists to regain his strength. Alan says he’s grateful for the care he received and is looking forward to eventually going back to work. His goal upon returning home today was to take a nice, long nap. As you watch the video, take note of the T-shirt his daughter gave him. It says, “I beat COVID-19 and lived to tell my story.” Yes, you did, Alan! We’re so happy for you and your family!

Posted by Mercy Cedar Rapids on Thursday, April 16, 2020

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