COVID-19 patient released from Willis-Knighton after 99 days in hospital

Terry Roberson leaves Willis-Knighton Medical Center.
Terry Roberson leaves Willis-Knighton Medical Center.(Willis-Knighton Health System)
Updated: Jan. 9, 2021 at 8:27 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - After spending months in the hospital, a COVID-19 patient has finally left the Willis-Knighton Medical Center.

Terry Roberson, of Haughton, has spent the last 99 days in COVID ICU, followed by 73 days in the critical care unit on an ECMO machine.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is used in critical situations to help the heart and lungs heal. It pumps and supplies oxygen to the patient’s blood from outside his or her body.

Roberson will spend the next two to four weeks at WK Rehabilitation Institute where he will undergo physical and occupational therapy before returning home.

Willis-Knighton healthcare workers wore “Team Terry ECMO Survivor” t-shirts as Roberson left the critical care unit and was transported to the rehabilitation institute.

“This is a bright spot in what has been a very bleak few months,” said Christie Armstrong, patient care coordinator for Willis-Knighton Medical Center Critical Care Unit.

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