Franciscan Health doctor recovers from COVID-19

After Dr. Pak started having symptoms he took a COVID-19 test and to his surprise, it came back positive.

Posted: May 28, 2020 7:14 PM
Updated: May 28, 2020 7:37 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- COVID-19 is a virus that has affected people from all walks of life. While people on the front lines are used to treating their patients who have the virus, they aren't used to having it themselves. One doctor at Franciscan Health in Lafayette contracted the virus and has now recovered.

Kirk Pak is a Hospitalist at Franciscan Health in Lafayette. In mid-March, he began having symptoms of COVID-19 after treating suspected coronavirus patients in the ICU.

"We use all the proper PPE as best we can but there is always that risk," said Dr. Pak.

After Dr. Pak started having symptoms he took a COVID-19 test and to his surprise, it came back positive.

"Having COVID-19 was scary and having a virus that is causing a global pandemic, of course, is scary,” said Dr. Pak. “Now I know what my patients go through and I think I have a deeper understanding of what they go through."

Once Dr. Pak tested positive he quarantined from his family, eventually, he had to be admitted to the hospital.

"When I got sick enough to be admitted to the hospital, I was pretty worried and pretty scared,” said Dr. Pak. “I've got a wife and two young children. I had already been quarantined from them for two weeks at that time."

Dr. Pak spent two days in the hospital and it took him about three weeks to test negative for the virus.

"I wasn't able to work because I was sick and being quarantined of course it's difficult you know to be away from your family for that long especially when you are feeling vulnerable and you feeling sick like that," said Dr. Pak.

He hopes by sharing his story he can inspire his patients and others who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

"There is light at the end of the tunnel and there is hope there are people that recover,” added Dr. Pak.

Dr. Pak is now back to treating COVID-19 patients in the ICU at Franciscan Health. He says he can relate to them on a personal level now since he went through what they are going through now.

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