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A New York Rabbi is finally on the road recovery from COVID-19, moving out of the ICU after a grueling 158 days.
Rabbi Yehuda “Yudi” Dukes has spent several months in critical condition due to complications from COVID-19.
He was hooked up to a ventilator for over four months and experienced double lung failure, a tracheotomy, septic shocks, and countless other life-threatening conditions throughout his hospitalization.
But after 158 days, the 38-year-old father of six from Long Island, New York, finally left the ICU on Friday to begin rehab.
Hospital staff cheered as Dukes, who is believed to be one of the longest-hospitalized coronavirus patients in the US, was wheeled out of the ICU and into rehab.
Motti Seligson, director of media at Chabad.org, shared video on Twitter of Dukes being wheeled out of the ICU as onlookers sang, danced, and clapped for him.
Guests sang an upbeat nigun, a traditional religious tune from the Chabad sect of ultra-Orthodox Judaism.
In a Facebook post, Yudi’s wife Sarah Spangenthal Dukes called his recovery “a true miracle.”
“For SO LONG we have been DREAMING of getting to this point in Yudi’s recovery where the doctors could even start talking about rehab- AND IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!!!” she wrote.
“I am so proud of my husband’s perseverance, determination and commitment, and I consider it to be the biggest honor to be his wife!”
Mazel Tov, Rabbi!