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Buffalo General celebrates 200th COVID-19 patient discharged

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Wed, May 20th 2020 09:05 pm
Photo credit: Joe Cascio/Kaleida Health
Photo credit: Joe Cascio/Kaleida Health

Andrea Holloway, a 28-year-old patient care assistant at Buffalo General Medical Center, was discharged Wednesday after a nearly month-long battle with COVID-19. She was Kaleida Health’s first recipient of the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, as part of a clinical trial.

Andrea’s coworkers today held a farewell celebration as she departed the hospital and was reunited with her father and daughter. Not only was she finally able to return home, but Andrea was also the 200th patient discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center after recovering from COVID-19.

"Andrea is a fighter. She really fought hard, and we are all so proud of her," said Dr. Jamie Nadler, critical care physician at Buffalo General Medical Center, who oversaw her treatment.

Andrea noted, "Every step of the way, I received only the best care from the most compassionate people. All of the nurses were so great, kept my family updated, and showed me how to use the iPad to keep me connected with my family. That meant so much to me. It made me feel less alone in this battle."

"Each patient that recovers from COVID-19 and is released from the hospital is cause for celebration," said Chris Lane, president, Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute. "Our staff has done incredible work in caring for these often very sick patients and getting them back to the point of being able to return home to their loved ones. It was especially heartening to see one of our own get back to her home and family."

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