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COVID-19 patient sees sunshine again, after 114 days in intensive care

Mr Sendra, the ward’s longest-staying patient, was due for some sea-and-sun therapy.

• March 26, 2021
COVID patient in a ward
COVID patient in a ward

Medical staff rolled a COVID-19 patient, Joan Soler Sendra, 63, across the street in his hospital bed to bask on the sunlit seashore, in his first outing after almost four months in intensive care.

Mr Sendra and his two brothers were infected with the coronavirus  in November 2020 in Catalunya but only him had to go to hospital.

After finally managing to breathe without a respirator this week in Barcelona’s Hospital del Mar, Mr Sendra, the ward’s longest-staying patient, was due for some sea-and-sun therapy.

“To us it’s a shot of morale, a boost,’’ said Mr Sendra’s brother, Jaume Soler, lowering his mask so that Mr Sendra, who lost his hearing as a baby due to meningitis, could read his lips.

Dr Andrea Castellvi, Deputy Head of the hospital’s Intensive Care Service, said being able to go out and see their families, the sun and the sea gave long-haul COVID-19 patients “a boost of vitality and a desire to continue fighting’’.

Mr Castellvi said Mr Sendra’s initial symptoms were flu-like, but worsened within days to a high fever and body weakness, meaning he could neither walk nor breathe by himself.

“But now we are progressing, little by little,’’ he said. 


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