17 Apr Onslow County veteran talks about his Coronavirus experience
While the United States is continuing to live through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and we constantly hear the drumbeat of death statistics in the news, it is comforting to hear about someone who has survived the illness and is on the mend.
Life Dean, a 21-year Marine Corps veteran, is one such person. He caught the Coronavirus. His wife Tammie had tested positive for COVID-19, and she was the only person with whom he had close contact. Tammie said she experienced Coronavirus symptoms, but her husband’s symptoms were worse than hers. She has now been cleared as Coronavirus-free.
Life’s infection worsened so quickly that he had to be admitted to the Naval Medical Center at Camp Lejeune because of breathing difficulties. He had undergone testing for Coronavirus, but his test results had not come back yet.
Life told ABC News 13WLOS, “It was like the craziest thing in the world. I couldn’t breathe.”
He had to receive breathing assistance from a ventilator. Fortunately, he recovered enough to be discharged from the hospital April 14. However, at the time of the interview, he was still recuperating from the illness. He was also living under quarantine for another five days.
Life said he hopes that people really take this pandemic seriously. He personally credits his faith with his healing.
“I want to thank the people who took the time to pray for me. It was a dogfight for sure,” he said.
As Life continues in his recovery period, he has expressed the hope that he can donate blood and plasma to contribute to the fight against Coronavirus as soon as he is completely infection-free. He also spoke of his gratitude to the doctors and nurses who treated him at the base medical center. He calls them his heroes.
Prior to their illness, Life and Tammie have hosted community events in Jacksonville NC aimed at encouraging positive attitudes in children.
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