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IU Health North's first COVID-19 patient discharged after 48-day stay

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 14:42:05-04

INDIANAPOLIS — With all the bleak news surrounding COVID-19 and its spread across the state of Indiana, here's some positive news to brighten your day.

IU Health North shared a photo of their first COVID-19 patient, Prinest Paschal, being discharged from the hospital after a 48-day stay.

Paschal, from Carmel, became the hospitals first COVID-19 patient on March 12.

To celebrate his recovery and release, the hospital played "Here Comes The Sun" by the Beatles over the intercom while the hospital team members lined the hallways to cheer him on.

Paschal was able to thank his team of caregivers on unit 5C, the ICU and the emergency department on his way out. Hospital staff says he still has some recovery to do, but Paschal's discharge was a huge milestone for both him and the team at IU Health North Hospital.

"This is an unbelievable recovery," says Donna Bopp, infection preventionist at IU Health North Hospital. "When I think back to that very first night, the staff listened and absorbed everything they needed to do. They put aside any fears they might've had, and they jumped in and took care of everything without hesitation. It's amazing to see how far we've come."