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After 6 months in the hospital with virus, Fall River man makes it home in time for Father’s Day



Photo courtesy of David Rochester

A 27-year-old Fall River man who had spent nearly 6 months in the hospital after contracting COVID-19 has finally made it home.

David Rochester’s mom Anne Marie says that her son was diagnosed with COVID-19 when he took a trip to the hospital on Christmas Eve and he hadn’t been home or seen his children since.

According to Ann Marie, once David was admitted to the hospital he quickly deteriorated, was intubated, and then placed on life support.

“Several hospitals refused him due to his condition, except one. Beth Israel Deaconess West in Boston. He was transported there and stayed in the ICU for 56 days. He was in such grave condition that he was not going to survive.”

On December 28th, Ann Marie received the call no parent wants to hear.

“I was told to rush and see (David) because he will probably not make it thru the night. That was the most difficult hour of my life to see your child on life support knowing that there is nothing you can do for him.”

It is also believed that David possibly suffered a stroke while he was in a coma.

In April, David began to learn how to stand again after spending so many weeks tied down to a hospital bed.

David had seen a bump in his recovery as he had developed pneumonia again, but last week he was cleared to come home and he couldn’t be happier while at the same time issuing a warning about the virus.

“It’s definitely a great feeling being able to hold my kids on Father’s Day and I am eternally grateful to still be alive and be able to share my story.”

David reuniting with his son after coming home from the hospital (courtesy of David Rochester)

David’s mom created a GoFundMe page to pay for expenses. The page was at just over $2,600 as of this writing.

If you want to continue following David’s journey, you can follow his YouTube page here.

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