SALT LAKE CITY — A nurse who labored within the intensive care unit at Utah Valley Hospital with Intermountain Healthcare is recovering from a double lung transplant introduced on by COVID-19.
Jill Holker and Holly Pike have labored within the ICU unit collectively for 5 years.
Since March of 2020, the 2 nurses have been caring primarily for COVID-19 sufferers.
They simply didn’t anticipate Holker to turn into considered one of them.
“We’d seen actually dangerous issues occur with our COVID sufferers previously, however in relation to a liked one, a coworker and COVID all blended collectively, it was lots to absorb all of sudden,” stated Pike.
Pike stated Holker lived a wholesome way of life, operating a number of miles a day.
Till someday she couldn’t run, in truth, she couldn’t even make it up the steps with out shedding her breath.
After testing constructive for COVID-19, Holker monitored her respiration till she realized it was time to go to the hospital.
Holker had began feeling sick round Halloween, however by the primary week of November, Holker was admitted to the ICU unit she had labored in.
“You by no means in one million years, would assume this might occur to her and it does,” stated Pike.
The x-rays for Holker’s lungs continued to look dangerous as Pike and her colleagues monitored her.
Even after transferring Holker to the Intermountain Medical Middle in Murray, medical doctors decided she would wish a double lung transplant.
“Her lungs have been too far gone from COVID, so the staff fought for her to get a lung transplant,” stated Pike.
The highest place for that’s in Florida, stated Pike, the place Holker was transferred to in December.
Whereas on the College of Florida Well being Shands Hospital, Holker waited almost two months earlier than the proper donor introduced her a brand new breath of life.
Final week, Holker walked out of the hospital for the primary time since November, respiration along with her new pair of lungs.
The medical staff in Florida is without doubt one of the many miracles, Pike stated, which have come on Holker’s journey.
“She’s nonetheless on the highway, however she’s getting by means of it,” stated Pike.
Holker will stay in Florida, although out of the hospital, for the subsequent three months whereas she strengthens her lungs.
There’s a GoFundMe arrange for Holker and her three youngsters, who plan to affix their mom in Florida quickly.