The Bible is full of encouraging words about healing and God even gives Himself a name in the book of Exodus, “I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26 NIV).
God has been in the business of healing people from the very beginning and even when Jesus Christ came to the earth, He went about healing people and casting out evil spirits everywhere. Matthew 15:30 “And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them.”
A miracle happened after a Laurel County man battling COVID-19 for four months on a ventilator and many stays in a couple of hospitals, was finally able to head home.
57-year-old Terry Smith is the first post-COVID-19 patient transferred from another facility to be discharged from Rockcastle Regional Hospital to go home on Friday morning.
Terry’s wife who works in healthcare knows it is a miracle of God, “Thank you Jesus that’s the only way Terry has recovered. This is a miracle, and I know it because I work in healthcare,” Teresa Smith says.
Teresa and Terry got the virus in November, although she only had flu-like symptoms, Terry’s symptoms were worse. Being a nurse practitioner, Teresa says she’s seen a variety of symptoms for patients with COVID-19, but she says she was surprised by how hard her husband was hit by the virus.
“You just never think it will hit home, hit your house, you now, and unfortunately it did,” Teresa says. After one day at Baptist Health Corbin, Terry found himself in the ICU. Later, he was transferred to Rockcastle Regional Hospital.
Rehab director Emily Valentine said that Terry needed the help of two people to sit on the edge of his bed. “Emotionally he was very depressed from being away from family, so we kind of started from ground 0 and he has worked his way up to you know walking out of here and going home with family,” Valentine says.
It was a very tough time for Teresa to go through, but she was sure that her husband of 30 years would recover. “It wasn’t going to be an easy road, but he was going to be ok, so we stood on that and we believed it, and that’s where your faith comes in I guess,” Teresa says.
Terry is super excited to return back to his job, family, and enjoy playing golf, said his wife, Teresa Smith.