After 3 weeks in the hospital battling COVID-19, a Makiki senior says it’s ‘nice to be home’

COVID-19 survivor gets grand send-off after hospitalization at Tripler

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 78-year-old Makiki woman has beat COVID-19′s daunting odds for seniors who experience complications from the infection.

Glenda Tucker was in the hospital for three weeks.

Doctors gave her a grim 10% chance of survival. But she was a fighter, determined to beat coronavirus.

On Saturday, she was discharged from Tripler Army Medical Center.

Staff lined the halls to applaud her as she was wheeled to a waiting car.

“Cheering and yelling,” she said. “They gave me lei and cards and it was just a celebration.

“My whole ICU team was there. When you’ve been lying down for three weeks filled with pills and shots and blood taken out of you and constant care, it’s just nice to be home.”

Tucker says doctors had her lay on her stomach to relieve the pressure on her lungs and gave her anti-malaria drugs. She didn’t know how she got the virus, adding that her most severe symptom was severe nausea.

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