ROCKINGHAM— A former COVID-19 patient left the hospital showered in confetti Tuesday after spending two weeks on a ventilator.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas posted a video to its Facebook page Tuesday evening of Doris Page heading home.
According to the post, Page was admitted to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond on Jan. 5 and was hooked to a ventilator for 14 days.
The video shows Page holding a bouquet of flowers as she’s being wheeled through the hospital’s halls, lined with nurses and other staffers applauding as she passes.
As she rolls through the lobby, approaching the front door, she is covered with confetti.
“Doris left Moore Regional Hospital-Richmond surrounded by many of the health care heroes who took care of her and her family,” the post reads. “Many of our staff members were overcome with emotion as they said a final goodbye. We wish Doris all the best in her continued recovery.”
In June, FirstHealth featured a similar post as Hamlet resident Shelia Watson was discharged. Watson had spent three weeks on a ventilator.
When the Richmond County Health Department posted its update Tuesday, there were 22 residents hospitalized with the coronavirus and FirstHealth had 88 COVID-positive patients.
Richmond County is included in the Mid Carolina Regional Healthcare Coalition, along with Moore, Montgomery, Hoke, Cumberland, Sampson, Chatham, Alamance and Orange counties.
According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, across the coalition there are 383 ICU beds in use, and 89 empty; 2,149 impatient beds in use, 645 empty, and 507 unreported or understaffed.
DHHS also reports there are 170 ventilators in use and 427 available.