Great health care, a fighting spirit and the power of prayer all played a role in Krisann Hoskins’ recovery from COVID-19.
Krisann, 52, a resident at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany in Brainerd, Minnesota, spent 10 days in a hospital battling the virus, with health care workers unsure if she would pull through.
“She’s a fighter. She’s determined,” says her husband William Hoskins.
Krisann has several health challenges, including diabetes and kidney failure. She tested positive for COVID-19 on May 26 and became unresponsive during two subsequent dialysis appointments. Because of her compromised health, she was transferred to a hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to receive inpatient dialysis care.
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“We’re very thankful for the doctors and the nurses at Centra Care Hospital and the alertness of the staff at Bethany,” says Arvella Felton, Krisann’s mom.
Bethany’s nurse managers and senior staff members had access to Krisann’s hospital patient chart so they could follow her progress.
“There was a time we didn’t believe she would come back to us,” says Randi Martin, a nurse manager at Bethany.
An experimental treatment
As Krisann’s health declined in the hospital, a doctor told the family there was one last resort to try. It was an experimental treatment using convalescent plasma therapy. The therapy uses antibodies from people who have recovered from coronavirus disease to help boost a person’s ability to fight the virus.
“We thank God that the convalescent plasma was available,” says Arvella.
After Krisann received the treatment, Arvella says it was amazing how quickly her daughter’s health improved. On June 8, Krisann returned to Bethany.
Randi says that she and her co-workers were shocked and thankful.