Crawfordsville man shares survival story from COVID-19

A Crawfordsville man is thanking Lafayette Franciscan nurses for taking care of him while he battled COVID-19.

Posted: Apr 23, 2020 8:14 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2020 4:54 PM

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind (WLFI) —  A Crawfordsville man is thanking Lafayette Franciscan nurses for taking care of him while he battled COVID-19. 

Brian Watkins said he attended a benefit event in Crawfordsville in March. He's not sure if that's where he caught coronavirus, but noticed symptoms shortly afterward. He began experiencing fatigue and fever. Watkins and his family thought it was the flu, but when things got worse they realized that was not the case. 

A couple of days after experiencing his first symptoms, Watkins began to notice new symptoms. He noticed he was dealing with shortness of breath and tightness in his chest. That's when Watkins, and his family, knew he needed to go to the hospital. 

"A couple of days later [my wife] took me to the hospital here in Crawfordsville," said Watkins. "Then they sent me to Lafayette and they told me right when I got there they were going to intubate me."

Watkins was transferred to Franciscan Health in Lafayette where he stayed for two weeks. While in the hospital, he was put on oxygen for the entire time. 

Now, weeks later, Watkins is on the road to recovery. His wife, Lee Ann, says they are thankful for all of the support.

"We just want to thank everybody for all of their prayers and everything they were doing for us," said Watkin's wife. "It meant everything to me." 

Watkins said he is still dealing with fatigue, but he feels much better. He said he is thankful for all of the nurses and doctors who took care of him.

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