Pa. Man hospitalized with COVID-19 for two months finally released

Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WHTM) — One COVID-19 patient in Pennsylvania is especially happy to ring in the new year.

The virus kept John Bernheisel hospitalized at Pittsburgh Hospital for two months. He just had gotten the all-clear to be released on Dec. 30.

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John is fully vaccinated, but he also has leukemia and a weak immune system. His life was touch-and-go over the past nine weeks in the hospital. He was overwhelmed with emotions on his first time outside since being hospitalized.

“I got a beautiful bride waiting for me at home, I want to get there,” Bernheisel said.

“What does this day mean to you?”

“You have no idea, I can’t put it in words I can’t believe I’m outside. It’s the first time in nine weeks. I can’t believe I’m alive. It was bad.” Bernheisel said.

John would have died without being vaccinated. He believes getting vaccinated is a personal choice. But, he is glad he did it and would do it again.

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