After Months Long Battle with Complications from COVID-19, Jackson Memorial Hospital Employee Set to Go Home for the Holidays
Rosa Felipe, an electroencephalograph (EEG) technician at Jackson Memorial Hospital, is set to be reunited with her family for the holidays after a nine-month hospital stay battling complications from the COVID-19 virus.
Felipe, 41, contracted the virus in March and quickly fell gravely ill due to underlying health issues, including diabetes and asthma. She was hospitalized at Jackson Memorial – her workplace of 15 years – where she was intubated. While in the intensive care unit for two months, she underwent dialysis and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as ECMO, a treatment that replaces the function of the heart and lungs. Due to lack of oxygenation, Felipe’s fingers on her right hand turned black, and she will likely lose her fingertips.
In June, Felipe was briefly discharged to a rehabilitation facility, but was rushed back to Jackson Memorial’s emergency department after becoming septic due to a bleeding ulcer. Once stabilized, Felipe began her journey to recovery.
For the past six months, the mother of two boys has been undergoing physical and occupational therapies at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial. She had to relearn normal everyday functions, such as dressing herself and walking again.
On Tuesday, December 8, Felipe is set to go home to be with her husband and sons just in time for the holidays. Felipe is grateful to all her doctors, nurses and caregivers and considers herself a walking miracle. She hopes to one day return to working at the hospital where her life was saved.
Noon; Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Rosa Felipe, recovered COVID patient; her team of caregivers at Lynn Rehab and Jackson Memorial Hospital
Media should park in the Park Plaza West Garage off Northwest 16th Street and 12th Avenue, or the north side of the parking lot of Lynn Rehab (limited spaces)