A long way to recover for some COVID survivors

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By Serena McNiff
Reporter HealthDay

FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 (HealthDay News)

For Ron Panzok and many patients like him, the battle with COVID-19 did not end when he left the hospital.

From an ambulance ride to North Shore University Hospital on New York's Long Island until the last day he woke up from a medical coma five weeks later, Panzok remembered nothing. He missed more than a month of his life.

But emerging from coma is only the beginning of a long road to recovery. The left side of his body is paralyzed – the result can be anesthetized for weeks and is a sign that can cause nerve damage, which studies have shown coronavirus to cause.

"When I woke up from a coma, I could talk and everything, but I was scared because I couldn't move my left hand – and I was an unrighteous person," said Panzok, a driver. The 66-year-old truck from Queens said, NY "My hands are completely useless, and I cannot move anything to the left."

In mid-May, two weeks after he woke up and turned off the ventilator, Panzok was transferred to an acute rehabilitation facility at Glen Cove Hospital, also on Long Island.

Acute rehabilitation of patients after they leave the hospital intensive care unit. Typically, patients who recover from an injury or condition that takes them to a hospital – be it a stroke, spinal injury or limb loss – but they still have significant disability.

When Panzok came …


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