233 days in hospital – NJ COVID survivor returns home


WINSLOW – She was considered ‘dying’ at six different times during her extended hospital stay with a severe case of COVID-19, but a 65-year-old woman has exceeded those odds and more, and is now continuing her recovery at home after her release in December, just in time for the holidays.

“I don’t remember being rushed to the hospital, I don’t remember being in the hospital. I woke up in October, that’s what I remember,” said Joanne Masciocchi in New Jersey 101.5.

Joanne, from the Cedarbrook Chapter of Winslow Township, was admitted to Virtua Vorhees Hospital on April 13, 2020. On December 2, over 230 days later, she was released from the hospital’s rehabilitation unit. Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes.

According to Virtua Health, a 233-day hospital stay is much longer than usual for COVID-19 patients, and those as badly affected as Joanne typically do not survive.

For Joanne, a retired educational assistant, the impacts of COVID-19 included blood clots, organ failure and respiratory failure. She spent five months on a ventilator and three months in a coma, according to her family.

“My sister and I say it feels like we’re living a dream, that it doesn’t feel real yet that we can have our mom with us,” said Alana, one of Joanne’s two daughters.

When Joanne was seen to be dying – this happened six times between late April and mid-June – her family were able to visit her to share what she believed to be their last moments with her.

But months later, Alana, her sister Danielle and their father Art joined several members of the Virtua staff to cheer on Joanne as she left the hospital for the 30-minute drive, where she was again welcomed. by cheers.

Joanne Masciocchi is placed in a Virtua medical transport unit to return home after 233 days of hospital care. (Virtua Health)

“When they tell me everything that I’ve been through, I can’t even imagine that they are going through it, and that I’m so strong to go through it all,” Joanne said.

As of April, Joanne had not been vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. But she is vaccinated now.

And his recovery is far from complete. Virtua noted that Joanne will remain closely linked through a variety of outpatient services, including home care, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

“I am struggling to get on my feet and come back to myself,” Joanne said, noting that she had no underlying health issues that would indicate why her battle with COVID-19 was so hard.

She remains on dialysis due to kidney problems caused by the virus.

“We have treated so many patients with her condition who did not survive,” said Dr. Aaron Crookshank, a key member of Joanne’s care team at Virtua. “She gives us hope and will help us see the possibilities when the going is most dire for future patients.”

Contact reporter Dino Flammia at [email protected]

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