OPELIKA, Ala. (WRBL) – A celebration took place at EAMC on Tuesday when 48-year-old Tony Thornton became the first COVID-19 patient at EAMC to recover well enough to be removed from ventilation and moved from the ICU to a regular medical room.
Thornton, who lives in Auburn, was admitted to EAMC on March 20 and intubated (put on a ventilator). He was extubated (removed from his ventilator) on Sunday (April 5), and when he was wheeled out of the ICU today, EAMC employees were there to cheer him on.
“I am still weak, but feeling pretty good. I talked to my wife for the first time and that was wonderful,” said Thornton.
Thornton’s advice for the public? “People need to follow the guidelines. This is a big deal.”
In addition to Mr. Thornton being able to move out of ICU, 29 other hospitalized COVID-19 patients have been discharged home from EAMC.