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At Bethesda—a devoted COVID-19 hospital—the ringing of a “discharge bell” has change into a sound of hope.
ST PAUL, Minnesota — It has been three months since M Well being Fairview Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul reworked into one of many nation’s solely hospitals devoted to COVID-19 care.
Rick Huggins of Eden Prairie was one of many first folks admitted to Bethesda when it reopened as a COVID-19 hospital in March.
“It was a full 30 days on the ventilator. I ended up having 9 blood transfusions and dialysis for my kidneys thrice as a result of they have been shutting down. Then I went into what is known as a cytokine storm the place your immune system begins attacking your wholesome tissue and organs,” Huggins recalled.
Huggins, an avid bike owner, has no underlying well being circumstances. The 51-year-old stated, “It simply hit me actually exhausting.”
Huggins spent practically two months at Bethesda. In Could, earlier than leaving the hospital to start out rehabilitation, Huggins was wheeled down the hallway and offered with a service bell to ring. As he rang the bell, employees cheered him on.
“It is great,” stated Alex Leal, a well being unit coordinator with M Well being Fairview Bethesda Hospital.
When Leal first began seeing folks depart the hospital, he needed to have a good time the second. Leal got here up with the thought of taking an outdated service bell present in a again drawer at Bethesda and turning it right into a “discharge bell.” On the bell, it says “Crushin’ COVID-19.”
“It is form of advanced slightly bit too since that preliminary celebration to form of turning into a aim,” Leal stated.
Since opening as a COVID-19 hospital practically 100 days in the past, greater than 350 sufferers have rang the bell.
“We need to hear the bell as a lot because the affected person needs to listen to the bell,” Leal stated.
“It was actually emotional,” Huggins recalled. “I hope that bell ringing meant as a lot to them because it did to me as a result of I do know they face a variety of challenges on the entrance line and so they want the thrill and encouragement as a lot because the affected person does.”
The ceremony was so standard that hospital employees have added three extra service bells and positioned them within the hospital’s different medical/surgical models. Workers additionally play “Right here Comes the Solar” by The Beatles every time a affected person is discharged.
Huggins is now again at residence. He is doing bodily remedy each different day, attempting to get his energy again.
Huggins stated, “I am very, very fortunate and blessed to be right here right this moment.”
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