BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – On Wednesday afternoon, Andrea Holloway, 28, became the 200th COVID patient to be released from Buffalo General Medical Center.
Greeted by cheers as the elevator doors opened, she as wheeled outside the hospital, where she’s been for nearly a month. Holloway was no ordinary patient to those taking care of her. She was one of them. She is a patient care assistant at the hospital. So, many of her coworkers made sure to send her off right.
She was also welcomed by her family, including her 10-year-old daughter, who she hasn’t seen since she was hospitalized.
“Just not being able to have a visitor, it was just like, ‘I can’t see anybody? I’m just supposed to see you guys? I love you guys but I want to see a family member. I want a hug,'” Holloway said.
Sure, Holloway was able to video chat with her family each morning. But it’s not the same as what she experienced Wednesday afternoon.
After she tested positive for COVID-19, Holloway says she knew she was in trouble after her high fever didn’t go down. She ended up needing to spend more than two weeks on a ventilator.
“She actually had two experimental treatments,” said Dr. Jamie Nadler, clinical care physician at Buffalo General. “One is called convalescent plasma, which is donated plasma from someone who has recovered from the condition.
“The second treatment she got was Remdesivir, which is an antiviral medication orginally developed to fight ebola.
“I can’t say with certainty that it was the medication that got her through it. But I hope that it certainly did help.”
“There were times where I was frustrated and it was like I didn’t even care anymore,” said Holloway. “But don’t give up because it gets easier. If something feels harder, definitely go to your doctor.”
Doctors say Holloway will likely need a few more weeks of physical therapy before she can regain full strength. But she says she’s looking forward to getting back to work as soon as she gets the green light.