SEE IT: NYC woman, 75, recovers from coronavirus in time for granddaughter’s birthday

A 75-year-old Queens woman recovered from the coronavirus and made it home in time for her young granddaughter’s birthday.
Sonia Atieh left Mt. Sinai Queens Tuesday after nearly three weeks of battling COVID-19, the hospital said Wednesday.
“Thanks for everybody that saved my life,” Atieh, a mother of two with two grandchildren, said in a video.
The Woodside resident had been in a rehab center after suffering from a broken hip when she started to feel ill in early April, officials said. She went to Mt. Sinai Queens unable to breathe and suffering a fever.
“Unfortunately, she had to be intubated (and) she was in the ICU,” said Dr. Meir Cohen, an attending family medicine physician.
Sonia Atieh, 75
Sonia Atieh, 75(Mt. Sinai Queens)
Atieh spent about a week on a ventilator in the ICU, he explained. Fortunately her breathing and oxygen levels improved, and the she was able to breathe on her own and moved to a room. Then a week and a half later, she went home.
“She’s lucky to be alive,” Cohen said.
In what has become a familiar scene, nurses, doctors and other hospital staff can be seen cheering as Atieh was wheeled from the hospital on Tuesday.
Her release came on the same day her granddaughter turned six, the hospital said.
“I thank all the doctors and nurses here, they are excellent,” Atieh said.

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