Rachel Newman had just spent 10 days on a mechanical ventilator in a medically induced coma, then four days alone, scared and disoriented in a hospital ward room. Countless studies suggest the experience could set her up for prolonged emotional distress and a steep physical recovery.
But when the COVID-19 patient was finally discharged from a Toronto hospital this month, she was delivered to the exit on a cold April night in just a hospital gown, with virtually no instructions on what to do next.
It is distressing to hear when patients and families experience any kind of gap in care
Newman’s husband, Zale, struggled to look after a wife whose stomach had shrunk and psyche had taken a beating, with health-care professionals refusing to see her in person. He had tested positive for COVID-19, too, and the couple seemed “toxic” to the medical system, Zale says. An overseas relative who had been a nurse finally gave some much-needed guidance. Read more at National Post.