Methodist in the Media

Iowa Man Leaves Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital After Long Struggle With COVID-19

Published: July 4, 2020

Morris Sandoval, still weak and bearing the tracheostomy tube placed to help him breathe, was wheeled out of Jennie Edmundson Hospital on Friday through a double row of clapping health care providers.

In a small garden outside the Council Bluffs hospital’s front entrance, Sandoval, 44, was greeted by family members bearing balloons and flowers.

The previously healthy Denison, Iowa, man was transferred to the Bluffs hospital with worsening respiratory difficulties after five days in a hospital in Denison. He had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, on May 16.

Friday’s tribute was a touching send-off for a man who came close to not making the journey.

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