Local woman battling coronavirus, staph infection since end of November finally released from hospital

Local woman battling coronavirus, staph infection since end of November finally released from hospital

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A local woman who was fighting COVID-19 and a staph infection for months in the hospital, is now on the road to recovery.

40-year-old Rebecca Harrison went to the hospital on November 25, 2020.

Her daughter Jayla says she just got off of a ventilator around 3 weeks ago, and said doctors did not think her mother would survive.

She’s now in a rehab facility, where the road to recovery may take a few months of physical therapy.

“I’m just ready to recover and get better,” said Rebecca Harrison.

Rebecca Harrison finally recovering in rehab.
Rebecca Harrison finally recovering in rehab. (Source: WAFB)

“So, her (Rebecca) lungs collapsed, and they were damaged for a while. They’re scarred and they’re still scarred,” said Jayla Harrison.

Rebecca was admitted to Baton Rouge General at the end of November, and of course after having trouble breathing, was also placed on a ventilator.

“We got a call one night saying she was in a coma and it had paralyzed her. Because her oxygen went all the way down to 2%, so it was kind of hard for everybody. But they got to the point, where they couldn’t do anything else to her, and she was basically living off medicine,” said Jayla Harrison.

Picture of Rebecca when she was in the hospital on a ventilator
Picture of Rebecca when she was in the hospital on a ventilator (Source: WAFB)

Jayla says the doctors honestly did not think her mother would make it.

“To the point where they couldn’t do anything else about, it that she had to do everything. So, she fought and fought and fought, and now she’s improved. Yes it definitely is a miracle, and she definitely has a testimony to tell,” said Jayla Harrison.

On Thursday, Rebecca was released from the hospital, and is now recovering at a rehab facility.

“Her lungs are still bad, so they got her on a tracheostomy, in her throat,” said Jayla.

Rebecca and her daughter Jayla in the rehab facility.
Rebecca and her daughter Jayla in the rehab facility. (Source: WAFB)

But it may be a long road to recovery with things like physical therapy and just getting her body back to some sense of normalcy.

“I feel like everybody is praying to God that I get better,” said Rebecca.

Rebecca has missed holidays and spending time with her family, but vows keep fighting.

“Just pray, pray, pray, and wear your mask,” said Jayla.

Jayla tells WAFB her mom had no underlying conditions.

If you’d like to help out the family with medical bills, the Cash App is $rebeccasrecovery

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