The virus sent him into a medically induced coma, he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday. And when he awoke, he was paralyzed.
“I really thought I was involved in an accident or some kind of mishap,” Case said. He has since had to learn to stand and write.
Case has undergone intensive therapy in hopes of regaining the mobility he lost from his atrial muscles. Doctors told him that only time will tell what his recovery will look like, he said. But had his wife not pressed for care, perhaps he would not have recovered at all, he said.
Both Case and his wife, Anne Costa Case, were ill. But they said they had difficulty accessing a test because they had not traveled and did not know anyone who tested positive.
The case may have ended there, but when his symptoms developed, they went to the hospital.
“When he started reporting shortness of breath, we decided that was it, we have to go to the ER,”
He was transferred to another hospital, put on a ventilator and then placed in a medically induced coma for 20 days, he said. Costa Case could not be there with him all the time, but she asked the nurses to play his favorite jazz music for him.
When he woke up and she saw him again, he had lost so much weight that he could barely recognize, she said.
“It was probably the most emotional day of my life. I could not see him for almost five weeks, and there he was. And I just kept staring at him because he looked like another person,” she said.