BALTIMORE — From little chance to live to a heroes exit from the hospital.
It’s been a long and exhausting journey for a veteran whose been at the VA hospital in Baltimore for over a month.
Jamal Thomas was ecstatic that he was about to go home when WMAR-2 News first talked to him on Monday.
“I feel great, the nurses have done a great job of taking care of me I feel great,” Thomas said.
It took a few more days than he anticipated, but the moment he walked was worth the wait.
After over a month in the hospital, the Navy Veteran was released from the Maryland VA Medical Center Thursday
Dr. Stephen Musisi called it a miraculous and long recovery from coronavirus.
“I’ve had patients who’ve left after ten days, patients who have left after one week,” Musisi said. “I think he’s lived the longest in the hospital and he was one of the sickest in the hospital.”
His fellow sailors continue to have his back even though this battle is very different.
“Not just in the Baltimore are there people who are praying for me and making sure I’m good,” Thomas said. “Getting the word out to other shipmates who I served with and they also are saying a prayer for me.”
The nurses who cheered him on the whole way—happy to say goodbye.
“Mr. Thomas is a prime example of what dedication to service, nursing service, patient care what it looks like to be successful,”
MeShondra Collins, a Nurse Manager said. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
The next step is two weeks of self quarantine at home.
And he can’t wait to see his children.
“Embrace them, just grab hold of them and tell them how much I love them.”
A long awaited return for a warrior who beat tremendous odds.