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Photos: NYU Langone Brooklyn discharges 850th COVID-19 patient in time for Mother’s Day

May 8, 2020 Editorial Staff
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NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn‘s announced on Thursday that it had released its 850th patient with COVID-19, just in time for Mother’s Day weekend.

The patient, Maria Rodriguez, 87, was sent off with cheers and applause from staff to celebrate the milestone. Her grandson, Octavio Vargas, Jr., a housekeeper at NYU Langone Brooklyn, escorted her out of the hospital alongside her daughter, granddaughter, and great-grandchildren.

“I’m so happy to see her go home after beating the coronavirus,” Vargas said. “This is a great day for our family and our community in Brooklyn. We so glad to have her home in time for Mother’s Day this weekend.”

Rodriguez, who has been a longtime resident of Sunset Park, thanked doctors, nurses, housekeepers, and dietary workers who visited and cared for her each day during her recovery. “This hospital saved my life. I’m so grateful and I hope that my story gives others hope,” she said.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a monumental challenge for everyone in health care,” said Frank Volpicelli, MD, chief of medicine at NYU Langone. “This recovery is just one example of how our team rose to the occasion and worked tirelessly to help 850 people — and counting — recover from this severe illness and return home to their families. This is a proud moment for all of the heroes who work here.”


I’m so grateful and I hope that my story gives others hope,” Rodriguez said.


Hospital staff cheered as Rodriguez was wheeled down a hallway.


Members of the hospital staff clapped and cheered.


Rodriguez sat outside the hospital, surrounded by family.


Hospital leadership clapped for Rodriguez.


Maria Rodriguez posed with her grandson, Octavio Vargas, Jr.

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