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Yorktown Man Returns to Health After Months-Long COVID-19 Battle

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020


November 23, 2020 at 10:30 AM

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Vinny Malvarosa, a 51-year-old Yorktown resident, went to the emergency room on Wednesday, March 11, with a fever.

“I thought I would be gone two or three hours,” he said. “Instead, I was gone 103 days.”

At the hospital, Malvarosa was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19. Around midnight on Saturday, March 14, he was intubated and slipped into a month-long coma.

“One doctor said when she was given my case, she was told I wouldn’t live beyond the next couple of days,” Malvarosa said. “Somehow, I persevered and woke up sometime in mid-April. I couldn’t lift my arm to scratch my nose, but I was alive.”

Malvarosa spent the next two months in a rehab facility, interrupted only by a week at Yale-New Haven Hospital for an infection and panic attacks. On June 23, he left Gaylord Specialty Healthcare on his own two feet to the sounds of a recording of “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John.

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