David Vadiansky, a 52-year-old computer technician from Ma’alot-Tarshiha,Israel, suffered the most severe infection from the coronavirus yet, and, after two months of breathing on a ventilator, he finally opened his eyes. His first sentence was to his partner, Aline: “I want to go home.”
Vadiansky had no preexisting conditions that could have predicted his fate. He woke up one August morning with a high fever and was having trouble breathing.
He suspected that he contracted the virus from one of his clients.
His partner called for an ambulance. He lost consciousness in the vehicle before they even reached the hospital. He was quickly admitted to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, where he tested positive for COVID-19.
Aline, herself in a high-risk group, thanked the medical team that took care of David, saying, “Only a month ago, the doctors told me that his condition is quite difficult, and there isn’t much of a chance for recovery.
“But I never stopped believing,” she continued. “I was always optimistic, even during the hardest moments.”
He healed from the virus after three weeks. Then, he was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit, remaining on a respirator for several more weeks until he was able to breathe on his own.
David called the treatment he received at the hospital “like a five-star hotel.”
David and Aline live with their respective children, a 17-year-old and 12-year-old. In the upcoming days, David will be transferred to Beit Loewenstein, a rehabilitative hospital in Ra’anana, for further treatment.
“Everything happened at once,” he recounted. “Suddenly I couldn’t breathe, and I can’t remember anything since then. I didn’t have any early onset symptoms.”
David hopes to “return to my normal life, the way it was, as soon as possible.”