Gregg Garfield was in the hospital due to coronavirus for 64 days. For 31 of those days, he was on a ventilator.
Garfield, 54, was “patient zero” at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, about 10 miles north of Los Angeles. He had a 1% chance of survival. And he beat the odds, leaving the hospital on Friday.
He became ill and was hospitalized after a February trip to northern Italy — an early source of coronavirus infections — with a dozen of his friends.
“The disease kicked off, and my immune system just ate me alive,” Garfield told KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.
An avid skier who considers himself an athletic person, Garfield was on the verge of losing his fight with coronavirus…