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COVID-19 Success Story - 45-Day
Recovery and Discharge Brings
Hospital-wide Celebration

March 26, 2021
Yesterday, 64-year-old Mark Schubart was discharged from Ascension Mercy after more than 45 days in the hospital with COVID-19. Mark's discharge date (3/25/21) was exactly one year after Ascension Mercy admitted its first critical care COVID-19 patient (3/25/20). WBAY-ABC2  shared Mark's story.

Mark and his family are grateful for the care he received at Ascension Mercy, "Thank you is not an adequate word to say to everyone. I have no words for the people who have thought about me and cared for me. I felt that.”

The family recently reached out to the foundation to thank all of Mark’s caregivers at Ascension Mercy Hospital, including  the unit clerks, ICU and Infectious Disease physicians along with the surgeon, ICU nurses, wound care nurse, case manager and many others.
Renee said, “These people kept my husband alive for 35 days in the ICU of which he was ventilated for 21 days and had a trach for 7.”
Mark’s care included a respiratory therapist and eventually the involvement of Speech, OT and PT. Renee also recognized the housekeeping staff-for without them, the rest of the staff could not have attended to her husband in a clean environment. She describes it as a massive team effort. 
January 31, 2021 Mark became sick with COVID-19 symptoms and on February 1, he tested positive for COVID. On February 7, he was admitted to Ascension Mercy Hospital. His condition worsened every day. Also, at that time, Renee and her son tested positive. Her illness consisted of a bad deep cough, congestion and fatigue. She was fighting her own minor battle with COVID and receiving status updates from the hospital on Mark that were getting worse.
This was a very dark time for Renee, caring for herself and her son, dealing with the emotional stress of a very sick husband, and trying to support their
Mark Schubart's Grandson age 2.5 holding signthree children without their family being able to be together.
On February 16, Mark was put on a ventilator and sedated in a comatose state. His condition worsened. He ran very high fevers. This gave the family a “chance” of survival for him, the doctors told the family. Due to age (64), and his lack of any prior health conditions, his providers did not understand why he was getting so sick. The family clung to that “chance”. 

In the meantime, Renee and her son were finally out of our quarantine on February 23. On day 15 of being on a vent, they did a tracheotomy and PEG tube for Mark. The next day, March 3, he tolerated a three-hour breathing trial but again spiked high temperatures.

By March 6, the fever was gone, he was tolerating up to 8 hours of reduced ventilator support and began to receive physical, occupational, and speech therapy along with his respiratory therapy. After 22 days of being on a vent, he was taken off on March 10. He began using the trach mask for his oxygen needs. The family was now able to send one visitor a day beginning March 5 and they did!

On March 7, they put the talking valve on his trach and he was able to talk to his family! Shortly after, Mark was cleared to eat and drink, receiving

By March 14, he was able to sit up in bed and stand with a walker. The trach was removed March 16. After 45 days in the hospital, Mark was ready to go home! He has lost most of his muscle, has very little endurance and has a long road back, but he is alive and improving every day. tube feedings to supplement his caloric intake. He had the trach mask at night due to prior sleep apnea with C-pap machine at night at home. 

These have been trying and difficult times for Mark’s family. They are forever grateful to Ascension Mercy for the medical care provided with humanity. These people are more than heroes to family. They will continue to utilize the Ascension system as Mark works his way back home and as close to a return to normalcy as possible. Renee and her entire family expressed their deepest appreciation. Welcome back home, Mark!

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