COVID-19 Survivor Who Lost His Mother to the Virus Thanks Health Care Workers

A New York COVID-19 survivor who lost his mother to the coronavirus expressed his gratitude for health care workers, a video taken April 25 shows.

Raymond Sangster, a 56-year-old father of two from Canarsie, Brooklyn, was on a ventilator for about three days, he said. His mother died a few days before he was admitted to Mount Sinai on April 5.

He was discharged on April 28, and is currently at home with his wife and daughters.

In this video, Sangster can be heard detailing his story and his appreciation for those who cared for him. “Because of the professionalism, the care, and all the good things you could think that was responsible for patient recovery at Mount Sinai, I am now able to go home to my family today, after coming out of ICU just over one week ago,” he says in the video. “I am now ready to go home to my wife and my two kids.”

Also speaking in the video is Dr Justin Granstein, a critical care resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “I was actually there when we got to extubate you, which was a really great moment for all those on the ICU team,” he says in the video. Credit: Mount Sinai Hospital via Storyful