A mother from North Texas who was hospitalized with COVID-19 on Aug. 3, 2021 finally got to head home on Tuesday, according to FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth.
Jazmin Kirkland entered the Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas a few days after her and husband, Kody, contracted COVID while on a vacation, according to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. The couple said they weren't vaccinated at the time they got sick.
"I got there and I could barely walk into the hospital," Kirkland said.
"I don't care if I wake up and I don't have an arm or leg. As long as I'm here and I'm able to be with my kids just please let me live," she added. Kirkland is the mom of three children, aged 2, 7 and 10 years old.
Kirkland was placed on a ventilator in a coma within two weeks of being hospitalized. After a month in the hospital, she needed ECMO treatments to fight the virus in her heart and lungs. Overall, she spent 324 days on a ventilator and 188 days on ECMO, the Texoma Medical Center said in a Facebook post.
She said that the most challenging part of her 370-day stay at the hospital was when she got denied for a lung transplant.
"The toughest part of the whole journey was being rejected for lung transplant candidacy due to high levels of antibodies making it nearly impossible to match a potential donor. At the time we thought a lung transplant was the only way forward to survive," Kirkland said.
Luckily, Kirkland was able to fight through adversity and thanked everyone at the hospital for helping her get back to health.
"I have met so many amazing people along the way. I’ve had the privilege to get to know so many nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and doctors, many of whom I have become close friends with. I know if it wasn’t for the push and care they showed me I would not be here and doing as well as I am," Kirkland said.
Kirkland will still need to be on oxygen at home, but she's very much looking forward to being with her three children again.
"I am most looking forward to spending time at home with the kids, watching them play and grow. I have missed them like crazy! They have been able to visit me often but there’s just no place like home to be with them," Kirkland said.