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Fall River native defies the odds to survive COVID-19 and come home for Christmas



In a time that can be scary and overwhelming, we have a story that warms the heart and leaves some hope.

A Fall River native has beaten the odds and fought off death from COVID-19 to make it home for the holidays.

Over a month ago, Cindy Augusto entered Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River with COVID-19. She was about to begin the fight of her life.

According to sister, Terrie Zieber, Cindy would eventually get intubated and put on a ventilator and then sedated in a coma for over a week. A week later, doctors finally woke Cindy up. Wednesday she is getting to go home.

Terrie stated that 6 people died on the floor Cindy was on while she was in her coma which went through Thanksgiving. She will now be going home with her family for Christmas.

Cindy is a graduate of Durfee High School and now lives in Berkley.

Terrie summed up the news of Cindy’s pending release in three quick sentences.

“She survived! Thank God! God is great!”

According to her daughter, Cindy is happy to be alive and ready to go home for Christmas.

It’s still hard for her to talk because of the breathing tube being in for over 10 days, but Cindy received the best Christmas gift she and her family could get…and it arrived before December 25th.

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