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Conquering COVID-19: Patient Reconnects with Family After Discharge from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Elizeu being wheeled out of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Flanked by his caring nurses, Elizeu was wheeled out of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) early Friday evening where his family waited eagerly to embrace him for the first time since his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Elizeu, a resident of southern New Hampshire, was transferred from his local hospital to DHMC on April 2nd after his illness worsened and he needed critical care level treatment and a mechanical ventilator. He spent nine long days in DHMC's intensive care unit (ICU), and on the 10th day, he showed enough improvement to be transferred out of the ICU and to a lower-level of specialized care in another section of the hospital. Finally, after 16 days of hospitalization, he was able to hug his loved ones on Friday, April 17th.

Elizeu describes his caregivers and experience on his Instagram account, "They look like science fiction movie characters, but, no. The coldness of the costume at no time was a barrier to feeling so much love, affection, respect and a tireless dedication to keep me alive. Despite the gloves, despite the mask and plastic protection on my face, I looked into their eyes and felt, I felt love, for life, love for my life. I confess that several times, while taking care of me, these lab coats would open two holes in the back and spread wings and they would fly like angels back to heaven after each day that alleviated my suffering, but, no. After finishing the work, they asked, looking into my eyes 'do you need something?' and then leave the room through the door. My eternal gratitude to these professionals and my cry to GOD to keep and protect them in this battlefront where they are fundamental." *This was translated to English from his original post.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.