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Coronavirus CT News: Patient released after 15-week battle with COVID-19

Thursday, Jun 25, 2020

By Kemberly Richardson, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:40PM WALLINGFORD, Connecticut (WABC) -- After a 15-week battle with COVID-19, a man from Connecticut has finally returned home to his family.

It may not seem like much, but Vinny Malvarosa walked out of a Connecticut rehab facility on his own on Tuesday.

"I couldn't lift my arm to scratch my nose, I was pretty much catatonic, I didn't understand how much time had passed," Malvarosa said.

More than three months passed. It was an ordeal that started March 11, when the married father of three from Yorktown Heights, thought he had the flu and ended up in the ER.

"Assumed I'd go there, get some antibiotics and come home after a few hours, that was 103 days ago," Malvarosa said.

Malvarosa was Northern Westchester Hospital's first COVID-9 patient.

The 50-year-old ended up on a ventilator and his wife was told he may not make it.

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