A Las Vegas nurse who contracted the coronavirus while caring for patients has been discharged from a hospital after making a “miraculous recovery,” officials there said.
Bessy Angue, a nurse at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas, left Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center on Tuesday — as workers there celebrated her return to health following an initially bleak prognosis.
“Initially when Bessy was admitted to our ICU, I was worried about how nursing staff would respond,” Dr. Christopher Voscopoulos said in a statement. “I was worried they would see their own mortality staring them in the eyes.”
The nurses, however, were eager to care for Angue, who received a treatment called “proning,” that involves patients laying on their stomach instead of their back to alleviate the weight of the heart on the lungs, Voscopoulos said.
“Seeing that transformation in my team, I knew that not only would Bessy be okay, but that we would be successful in overcoming this entire pandemic,” the doctor said.
Angue, who was admitted to the hospital late last month, said she remembers hearing the nurses talking to her and sharing words of encouragement even when she was on a ventilator.
A portable speaker playing songs by her favorite musician, Pink, also helped, she said.
“I just felt so tired,” Angue said. “I knew I was unconscious but still felt so tired and felt like giving up. Then I would hear a nurse’s voice saying, ‘Bessy,’ or I heard Pink playing and I knew I had to keep going.”
Pink and her 3-year-old son, Jameson, have also contracted COVID-19, but have since recovered, she announced last week.
Angue’s fiancé, meanwhile, told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Angue “did a complete 180” after her breathing tube was removed last week.
“Going through what we went through these last three weeks, you can’t wish that on anybody,” Cedric Monsanto told the newspaper. “And if you can prevent spreading that to one person, I believe that’s a worthwhile gesture; it’s an obligation.”
Doctors have advised Angue to get a lot of rest, but she’s already looking forward to visiting Disneyland once the coronavirus crisis has subsided, hospital officials said.
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