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Rick Rodriguez was diagnosed with COVID-19 in November of 2020. He progressed from a regular COVID floor to the ICU within 2 days.

At that time, he had a decision to make: fight for his life or give up. He knew giving up was not an option; he still needs to eventually walk his twin daughters down the aisle and become a grandfather! Rick and his nurse, John, made a deal: UMC Heroes would do their part to keep him alive, and he would stay in the fight.

It was not an easy road for Rick. He had to lay on his stomach for at least 18 hours a day while on oxygen. The hardest part... spending 23 days in the ICU without his wife and daughters by his side.

Because of your passion for our patients, Rick is back to his passion—his family.

Share your COVID stories of hope, like Rick’s, here.

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