A LUNG cancer survivor who beat the coronavirus after spending two weeks on a ventilator received a round of applause upon leaving the hospital Friday.
Carl Schuck was hospitalized three weeks ago at Baptist Medical Center South in Florida after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
He spent 15 of the 21 days at the hospital on a ventilator, while doctors used hydroxycloroquine, zinc and zithromycin to help him fight the virus.
The 72-year-old is no stranger to fighting – Schuck beat lung cancer just a few years ago.
On Friday, he was wheeled out of the hospital in Jacksonville and was greeted with cheers and applause from his wife Laura Schuck and healthcare workers.
Schuck said he owes his miraculous recovery to a higher power after Laura started a prayer chain that eventually went nationwide.
“You’ve got to believe in the power of prayer,” he told WTOL on Friday.
“That’s all I can say, is when everything was against me, with my age, health status, I pulled a miracle, truly.”
He praised the hospital for their care, saying: “This hospital is amazing.” “They moved mountains to get me what I needed. God Bless you all.”
Although he’s now recovered, Carl cautioned others to follow the recommendations and advice from healthcare workers, such as social distancing and continuously washing your hands.
The coronavirus is a “tough booger” to overcome, he added.
“It’s a tough booger to overcome,” said Carl.
“Do what you’re supposed to do. Observe social distancing. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash everything around you and do it all again.”
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Laura said she’ll continue to pray for the healthcare workers who cared for her husband, whom she called her “Easter miracle.”
Both Chuck and Laura are grateful he has a second lease on life.
“It’s a miracle. You have no idea how close he was,” said Laura.
“He’s our Easter miracle.”
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