It was an emotional day for a man in San Francisco who was released after being hospitalized for 60 days against COVID-19 – the longest-standing coronavirus patient living at UCSF.
Ron Temko came out to see family members waving signs, wanting to greet him. He was treated for the virus back in March and fought very hard to this day.
“I thank everyone for everything they have done,” said Ron. “I like to live and look forward to my second life, this is my second life.”
The 69-year-old man was placed on a ventilator and in a coma for 40 days.
His wife was by his side Wednesday, they had just marked their 40th anniversary.
“I remember him that he has a desire to live and he is not ready to go and he will go home,” said his wife, Linda Temko.
In excitement, some normal rules only took to the side of the road when the crowd gathered. His story touched so much, the family shared photos of staying in the hospital and how they could stay in touch.
“The staff is amazing, they arrange Zoom meetings for us every day we can do it with them,” said Ron’s daughter, Perri Garner.
And today he came home while looking at the road ahead.
“For Ron, the mainstay of his treatment is physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, and only inspires enthusiasm and being with his family,” said Dr. Sajan Patel.
“I’m only one in a million and it can happen, it happens,” said Ron.