Kathy Wootton was in the ICU for 65 days, and when she was finally ready to leave, the entire hospital applauded her on her exit.
Cape Town, South Africa (19 February 2021) – Kathy Wootton was celebrated as they wheeled her out of ICU this week. Kathy was one of the Kingsbury Hospital’s long-stay COVID-19 patients. She spent a total of 65 days in ICU.
We caught up with Kathy to find out what that moment felt like and how things went while she was in ICU. The first thing she expressed was that she has very little to no memory of her time in the ICU but that she knows so many incredible healthcare workers were the reason she is now in recovery.
Thankfully, things started turning around, and each day, she grew stronger, and her body fought back. Kathy has finally been released to a secondary facility where she will start her rehabilitation and work on getting back to normal.
All the hospital staff at Kingsbury came out to the foyer to give her a send-off and to wish her well on the rest of her journey. They applauded her as she was wheeled out of the hospital. The moment gave us chills and brought tears to our eyes.
Kathy spoke highly of every single healthcare worker she engaged with. They are invested in each patient and work tirelessly to make sure they save as many lives as possible. These men and women are the most incredible heroes.
The moment is so much more than Kathy being wheeled out of the ICU after 65 days. It highlights how passionate healthcare workers are about getting each and every South African through this pandemic.