The heartfelt moment a Sydney Covid patient was released from the hospital after 399 days has been captured and he had an important message.
A Covid-19 patient who spent more than a year recovering in a Sydney hospital has urged people not to wait and be vaccinated now.
David Avila Mellado, 69, was finally released from Westmead Hospital earlier this month after a 399-day marathon of treatment.
“I have in my heart everyone I remember,” he said.
“When I exercise in the hallway, I know everyone, everyone they say to me, ‘Hi David.’ I feel happy because I do not remember many people, but they know me. ”
He was first admitted in July last year and his condition rapidly worsened, landing him at the ICU for seven weeks.
When he was healthy enough, he was transferred to the respiratory observation unit.
Avila Mellado then worked with speech pathologists, physiotherapists and other physicians to help regain her strength.
His tracheostomy tube was removed in August after more than a year in which he had been unable to breathe on his own or speak.
The staff formed a wall of honor and patted him as he walked out of the hospital, which had been his home for 399 days.
But his journey to recovery does not end there.
Western Sydney Health said Mellado is continuing rehabilitation beyond Westmead Hospital.
Respiratory observation nurse unit manager Trudy Darling described Mr. Avila Mellado as part of the family.
“We miss him and it’s sad to see him go, but he’s going back to his family,” she said.
As he left the hospital, Mr Avila Mellado made a passionate plea to the Australians.
“Many people, they do not want the vaccine. But it is (Covid-19) real. So they have to understand, they have to get the vaccine, they also have to help the other people, ”he said.
“My recommendation and the last idea is to say to the people: Do not wait. Try to get the vaccine as soon as possible. ”
There are 1231 Covid -19 cases being treated at NSW hospitals now, of which 231 of them are in intensive care – 108 of them are in a ventilator.