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New York’s patient zero recounts ordeal

Lawrence Garbuz with his wife Adina
Lawrence Garbuz with his wife Adina

New York lawyer Lawrence Garbuz spoke to Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview on TODAY Monday about how his family coped with him being one of the first people in the state to be diagnosed with coronavirus in what became one of the country’s first hot spots. “I’m thankful that I’m alive,” Garbuz, 50, said on TODAY Monday. “It’s been quite a journey.” When he first felt ill in February, it didn’t even occur to him that it could be COVID-19.

“I just thought I had a cough” he recalled. “Look, I’m a lawyer. I sit at a desk all day. I think at the time we were sort of focusing on individuals who had maybe traveled internationally, something that I had not done. I had certainly not been to China.” For Garbuz, who lives in the suburb of New Rochelle, his symptoms started as a fever.

“I went to the doctor, and he examined me, and he said I needed to go immediately to the emergency room,’’ Garbuz said. By the time that Garbuz’s family received his diagnosis, he was already in a medically induced coma. To this day, Garbuz still doesn’t know how he got sick.

“We went to the hospital,” he said. “After we entered the emergency room, I have absolutely no recollection of anything that transpired until I woke up from the coma. So it’s as if three weeks of my life had completely disappeared, and I was asleep for all of it.”(Today)

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