Bronx woman survives COVID-19 battle after more than 2 weeks on ventilator

A Bronx woman is now home and healthy after surviving her fight against the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 20, 2020, 8:14 PM

Updated 1,488 days ago

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A Bronx woman is now home and healthy after surviving her fight against the coronavirus. 
Robin Davis recently wrapped up a 21-day stay at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, with 18 of those days spent on a ventilator. 
“I was like gasping for air literally so I knew that I had to do it because if I didn't I was going to die,” says Davis. 
Davis says her symptoms seemed like a common cold at first. Days later, she says her lungs started hurting and she developed a high fever and chills. 
The 21-year-old was treated at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Pediatric Critical Care Unit. 
Dr. Edward Conway Jr. says he tried non-invasive ventilators on Davis before an X-ray of her lungs prompted the decision to intubate. After two weeks, she appeared ready to be taken off the ventilator. 
“In this particular disease, no one has a great extubation success rate... She was an exception, she did well,” says Dr. Conway Jr. 
However, he says the days following intubation are crucial for a patient’s progress. Within 48 hours, Davis didn’t even need supplemental oxygen, a sign that she was on her way to recovery. 
As Davis is now resting at home, she’s warning others to take action if they feel sick.  “Things are not always going to be good, but they all happen for a reason, they all make you stronger, they all make you better,” says Davis.
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