Elderly GR woman discharged from Metro Health after recovering from COVID-19

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 15:22:48-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An elderly Grand Rapids woman is on the road to recovery after battling COVID-19 for more than a month.

Cathy Yeaw, 79, was escorted out of Metro Health Byron Center Friday afternoon and cheered on by more than a dozen nurses and doctors.

In early February Cathy was taken to the hospital and was told she had pneumonia.

She was in-and-out of the hospital for a couple of weeks, but by the end of February, she tested positive for coronavirus.

"At that point in time, coronavirus really wasn't something that they were, it really wasn't on the radar in terms of 'hey we need to be looking for this'," said April Tezak, Cathy's granddaughter.

Cathy experienced everything from heart issues, trouble breathing, coughing, spiking blood pressure and numbness.

"I don't know how I survived it actually," said Yeaw. "I didn't think I was gonna pull through for a while. Then it started getting better."

She credits her survival to the hard work of all the healthcare workers that treated her.

"I want to tell them, 'Thank you, love you very much. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking care of me,'" said Yeaw.

She has a message to for everyone who hasn't taken COVID-19 seriously.

"You've got to take it seriously," Yeaw said. "You've got to keep your mouth covered your hands wash all the time, you got to take care of yourself."

Yeaw is currently attempting to make a full recovery at a nearby retirement home.