“Oh when the saints go marching in
When the saints go marching in
Oh lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in”
Those are the lyrics to the classic New Orleans song, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” It is usually played at funerals, but one New Orleans hospital is celebrating the lives of those who overcame COVID-19
After 12 days on a ventilator and suffering from COVID 19, New Orleans native Kathleen Bennett left the hospital while listening to “When the Saints Go Marching In” being played in the background for all to hear
Ochsner Health system announced she is the 1,500th coronavirus patient to be released from Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans after the pandemic began.
Hospital staff cheered on Kathleen Bennett as she exited the hospital today to reunite with her family. This important milestone occurred on Monday (April 20) just over one month after Ochsner admitted its first COVID-19 patient on March 9.
This is also important because at one time, New Orleans and Louisiana as a state was an epicenter for the disease due to the large number of coronavirus cases and deaths it endured.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, 31,417 coronavirus cases have been reported in the state. There have also been 2,194 COVID-19 deaths recorded. Now, there are over 20,000 patients who have recovered.
Bennett, 57, was first admitted to Oshner on March 27, and later required a stay in the ICU where she experienced complications related to COVID-19.
Bennett also suffers from and received treatment for Lupus, an autoimmune condition. There is definitely a link between your immune system, autoimmune diseases and COVID-19 that we are finding out.
The hospital says Bennet has made