Take dean She had been “extremely ill” with COVID-19 for two weeks from emergency rooms in Florida, when she ended up lying prostrate on the ground Wednesday when she arrived at a monoclonal antibody center in Jacksonville.
After having been waiting while standing, the complications of covid-19 increased and she decided to lie down on the floor of the treatment center until she was treated. The photo was shared on social networks and went viral.
“My options were to run out of breath and not be able to receive the treatment, or to sit on the floor and wait patiently for the line to pass and be able to receive the treatment that I need. So I chose to lie on the floor and go through this line,” he said Dean to the chain ABC News.
“If I had chosen to stand in line, I would never get to treatment. I would have been back in an emergency room. So I lay on the floor, until they got wheelchairs to help us.”
Dean was hoping to receive the experimental Regeneron treatment, the same one that was used by former US President Donald Trump to treat immediate complications from COVID-19. The person who took the photo, Louie López, claimed that staff placed the woman in a wheelchair afterwards.
The presence of patients showing severe symptoms prompted the Jacksonville City Council to rush to put more wheelchairs in its centers.
Dean assured that that day his treatment eventually became long, since his appointment was at noon and ended until 4:30 p.m., but he ruled out that ehe medical center staff was very supportive and helpful. Although he has already overcome the severe symptoms of covid-19, he still has difficulty breathing.
“The image that’s circulating online … it looks terrible, yeah, but they were great there. The installation was great,” Dean said. “You don’t realize how hard it is to breathe […] I could even tell you all the different things, how I’ve felt and how sick I’d been 12 hours before that picture was taken, I was saying ‘I can’t do this anymore. I’m giving up, ‘”Dean said.
Dean said he hopes his story can help other people try to protect themselves from the virus.
“What I hope that photo will do is that it will help someone who is as sick as I am that day, and I hope they will get up. If they need me to take them, I will take them,” he said, adding that now he intends to get vaccinated as As soon as possible.
The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has been an advocate of the Regeneron treatment, in which he has been asking the population to go to these monoclonal antibody centers in case of testing positive for covid-19, due to hospital saturation after the increase in the number of cases, mainly in the unvaccinated population.
“The governor’s message is extremely clear. Every time he has made a public comment about Regeneron, he has emphasized and reiterated that early treatment is necessary to have the best chance of avoiding hospitalization,” he told Christina Pushaw, press secretary of the Republican governor.
Regarding the photo of Toma Dean, the governor’s spokeswoman assured that “We were all worried about [Dean] after seeing the photo “. A member of the governor’s staff reached out to provide support on Friday, they said.
With more than 17,000 patients hospitalized across the state of Florida with COVID-19, health officials have been warning that hospitals are running out of space. According to federal data, there are currently less than 7 percent of intensive care unit beds available statewide.
Weesam Khoury, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health, along with Pushaw, highlighted the state population to go to these sites, since “they are not saturated” and that the state government is “dedicated to providing resources to Floridians in need.”
Khoury said there are patients who present extremely ill at the sites, yet the protocol suggests that if a patient is already at a point where they need hospital care, teams will refer them to those services.