CHICAGO (CBS)– At simply 25 years outdated, Jason Barbosa of Carol Stream is aware of what it’s prefer to dwell and to very almost die.
He survived COVID-19 and his journey is way from over.
With a brand new surge in COVID instances, Jason has a message. He says COVID remains to be a lethal risk and all of us should take it critically.
“It was a scariest factor ever that has ever occurred to me,” He mentioned.
Barbosa was used to being match, a younger husband and father and he was energetic and lively. All of that modified final Could.
“It was a Tuesday, I nonetheless went to work that night time for like an hour, however I was actually, actually sick,” He mentioned. ” I simply couldn’t breathe no extra.”
An ambulance took him to Central DuPage Hospital’s COVID unit, the place docs advised him he wanted a ventilator.
“I nonetheless keep in mind throughout my final phrases to my grandparents and my mother and father calling them and telling them the procedures,” Barbosa mentioned.
However that ventilator wasn’t sufficient, his organs had been beginning to fail. Determined, his docs had one final, and dangerous, choice which was an “ECMO.” This a machine that might work as his’s coronary heart and lungs, giving him time to heal.
“We stopped their coronary heart and lungs from working and we’ve to have a backup plan to flow into blood, via their physique,” Dr. Jonathan Tomasko, cardiac surgeon, mentioned.
And the affected person have to be completely nonetheless.
“We use a paralyzing remedy, which mainly decreases the whole quantity of motion that the physique makes use of,” Dr. Jeffrey Huml, crucial care doctor, mentioned.
As one downside appeared solved, others arose. Extreme bleeding, infections and irritation turned points.
“On a couple of event we we needed to take into account withdrawing the life sustaining expertise,” Huml mentioned.
The docs ready Jason’s household to say goodbye, three separate instances.
“There was not a complete lot extra medically we had been in a position to do, however we had been in a position to get up Jason at that time,” Tomasko mentioned.
Barbosa pulled off one thing nobody anticipated.
“He began taking large deep breaths along with his lungs and he began coughing out all of the blood clots and all the opposite illness that was in his lungs,” Tomasko mentioned.
However his journey would nonetheless take twists and turns. When he left the hospital, when he left the hospital, he was nonetheless very sick. He was nonetheless requiring oxygen via a tracheostomy together with different points.
“I assumed i wasn’t gonna be capable of speak, no extra,” Barbosa mentioned. “The primary time I attempted to place my toes on the bottom, I nearly fell.”
However his dedication is paying off. He’s been proud to indicate his medical crew his progress.
Though it’s nonetheless powerful, Barbosa says he’s joyful to be again on his toes and so grateful to his docs and nurses.
“Lots of people aren’t taking COVID critically, they assume it’s a joke, it’s a bit flu, nevertheless it took me down, it took my organs down,” He mentioned. “I nearly died 3 times, they need to actually take this critical, handle themselves.”