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Recovering from COVID-19 and stroke

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

WTNH Channel 8
by:  WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Time in rehab at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare has 72-year-old Papa of Weston ready to put COVID-19 behind him. He shares, “Initially the feeling was fatigue and not feeling quite myself, and then I seemed to get a little bit better and then I just spiraled completely out of control.” Papa spent five days on the respirator at Norwalk Hospital — not just dealing with COVID.
He also had a stroke. “We don’t know exactly when I had the stroke,” says Papa. Medical Director at Gaylord Dr. Alyse Sicklick says, “Whether or not it’s because of risk factors that they have already or an increase clotting of blood when they have COVID or a combination of both remains a little bit unclear right now.” There is still a lot doctors do not know about the link between COVID and stroke says Dr. Sicklick.

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