A North Carolina truck driver was released from his 85 day hospital stay this week after what doctors are calling a “miracle” recovery. 

Leigh Thompson says her husband first started experiencing COVID symptoms back in July, so he went to the Forsyth Medical Center in Kernersville, North Carolina. Just nine days later, he was airlifted to Duke University for more intensive care, reported WFMY News 2.  

Thompson says that, due to COVID restrictions, she was not allowed to see her husband face-to-face until August 11th, but that he was put on both a ventilator and a Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machine (a form of life support) throughout his treatment. 

At one point, doctors told Thompson that her husband had only a one in five chance of surviving the virus, but are now pleased with his recovery and are calling it a “miracle.”

Thompson believes that her husband may have caught the virus while OTR as a truck driver. 

The husband, whose name has not been released, was wheeled out of the hospital on October 14th and sent home, his medical team cheering him on.