CHICAGO (CBS)– One man survived a traumatic ordeal, fighting both COVID-19 and pneumonia, and he will be released from the hospital Monday.
Eric Heumann has been at Northwest Community Hospital In Arlington Heights for more than a month now. His family said he’s getting back on his feet.READ MORE: Illinois Adding New 464 Area Code To 708 Region In South And Western Suburbs
Dana Reinke said her ex-husband first called her in late March about a high fever. Days later on, April 7, he called 9-1-1 and was rushed to the hospital.
“Everytime the phone would ring our hearts would race,” Reinke said. “We just didn’t have any answers.”READ MORE: Chicago Radio Sportscaster Les Grobstein Dead At 69
Reinke said he had all the symptoms of COVID-19. He couldn’t smell or taste anything, he had chills and a cough. He eventually tested positive for COVID-19 and bi-lateral pneumonia.
Reinke said he was fully sedated and on a ventilator for 17 days.
“Words cannot explain the emotion and stress that we’ve been under these past several weeks, minute-to-minute actually,” she said.MORE NEWS: CBS 2 News Chicago Launches First Alert Weather
Reinke said Heumann is getting back on his feet and after testing negative twice.