Virgin Islands Free Press

Juan F. Luis Hospital Celebrates Discharge of Recovered COVID-19 Patient

CHRISTIANSTED — “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony played as caregivers and staff at the Juan F. Luis Hospital & Medical Center Hospital cheered and celebrated.

Because after a month-long hospitalization, recovered COVID-19 patient Guillermo Riasco was finally going home.

The staff at JFL “… brought me back to life,” Riasco said Saturday. “I just feel blessed. God bless them all.”

Riasco’s caregiver team included doctors, nurses, pharmacy, respiratory
therapists, medical assistants, dietary, housekeeping and all supporting staff, who passionately cared for him through his challenging COVID-19 battle.

Upon discharge, the ICU staff gave him a very important gift — being able to reunite with his loving family again.

Guillermo Riasco leaving the Juan F. Luis Hospital

During the 34 days Riasco spent in JFL’s Intensive Care Unit, of which he was intubated for 22 days; he is now together again with his family.

In addition to providing quality critical care, after learning that Riasco likes music, the ICU Team went the extra mile and encouraged him through music therapy which included his favorite musical artist Marc Anthony.

Upon discharge, ICU staff and the JFL Team gifted him with a Crucian bracelet, a #JFLSuperheroes t-shirt, balloons and homemade cards.

“Today, I and the JFL Team celebrate healing with heart,” JFL Interim CEO Dyma B. Williams said. “I thank the JFL Team for providing quality patient care and being the very foundation of the healthcare system that we are working to build for our community.”

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