A Massachusetts man has recovered from COVID-19 despite having two severe acute lung injuries. Medical workers have now dubbed the man “Miracle Man.”
George Thomann of Waltham, Massachusetts, was admitted into the hospital on January 11 after suffering a collapsed lung. As he recovered at the Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center in Brighton, Thomann’s lung collapsed again.
According to the American Lung Association, Lung collapse, or pneumothorax, occurs when air builds up in the space between your lung and chest wall, places pressure on the lungs and stops the lungs from fully expanding.
WCVB 5 ABC reports that Thomann was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital as his lungs leaked air, causing his face and upper body to swell.
During his rehabilitation at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Care in Cambridge for his collapsed lungs, Thomann was quarantined for 19 days after contracting COVID-19.
Thomann said no other patients or staff members had contracted the virus, and he is unsure how he even got it. But, Thomann gave credit to his grandchildren, who helped him throughout his recovery.
Medical workers played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” as Thomann made his exit out of Spaulding in Cambridge.
”I couldn’t ask for a better exit,” Thomann told WCVB 5 ABC. “I was completely at a loss for words. I broke down and cried.”
Thomann, aka the “Miracle Man,” thanked the all medical staff on the frontline as the nation continues to the battle with COVID-19
”You folks deserve all the credit, you’re on the front line, you’re putting your life in jeopardy, for myself and everyone else there who has this virus, and I give you a lot of credit for that,” Thomann told the news outlet.