CHICAGO (CBS) — There was a happy homecoming Thursday for Claudio Velez, known to many Chicagoans as the Tamale Guy, who was hospitalized on a ventilator for more than a month after getting sick from COVID-19.
Family members and staff at Rush University Medical Center gave a big round of applause for Velez as he was discharged from the hospital on Thursday. He was hospitalized for 35 days.READ MORE: Dog Scares Off Attempted Carjacker In Old Town
Velez officially opened Tamale Guy Chicago at Damen and Chicago avenues earlier this month. Donations from loyal customers help him set up shop, but then Velez got COVID-19 and was left on a ventilator in intensive care.READ MORE: Food Delivery Driver Shot And Killed While Sitting In Car In Little Italy
Those loyal customers stepped in again, bringing in nearly $60,000 to help with Velez’s medical bills.
His family is just thankful to have him home.MORE NEWS: Police Searching For Driver Wanted In Deadly Hit And Run Near Jefferson Park CTA Station