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New Orleans front-line worker walks for first time over a year after contracting COVID-19

Life for Peter Woullard and his wife, Patricia, was pretty normal a year ago. “I was working in Mental Health at St. Joe’s Hospital,” said Peter. “I loved outdoors and loved to be around family and friends.” The New Orleans native worked as a Behavioral Health Technician at St. Charles Parish Hospital. When the pandemic hit, he became one of many who moved to the front line, putting himself at risk of being exposed to COVID-19. “We never thought he’d actually test positive until he did on March 31, 2020,” said Patricia. Peter was working in the emergency room when he said he contracted the virus. I went to work that morning. I was feeling fine with a temperature of like, 96.7 or something like that,” said Peter. “By 12 hours later, I had a temperature of 103.” Peter thought his symptoms would go away, but nine days later things got worse. He was forced to go back to the hospital, but this time he wasn’t clocking in. He was fighting for his life.”Within three hours that I’ve got him there, they had to intubate. His kidney had already failed,” said Patricia. “He had a bleed on his brain. He had dialysis. He coded six days later. So that’s when the family was called in to come visit him because they didn’t think he was gonna make it.”About two weeks after that Peter had a stroke, which made his recovery even more difficult. “I have nerve damage from suffering from COVID and I’m not walking now and it’s a year later,” said Peter. His wife said she was devastated. “It was devastating to see my husband from a healthy man working to non-functional. And that was scary,” said Patricia. Peter spent five months in different medical facilities. Finally, in September 2020, he came home to continue his recovery. Fast forward to March 2021, the Woullard family finally stood tall for the first time in nearly a year as Peter took his first steps since contracting the virus. “I’m like 6’3, almost 6’4. And just to just look over everything like I used to do it was– it was amazing,” said Peter. Peter has a long road ahead, but he and Patricia said their family is just grateful he is still here. “I lose my breath easily now. And at one time, like I said, I enjoyed the outdoors and football and basketball and baseball and fishing on the lake front,” said Peter. “And, you know, things like that, and just I’m grateful to be here by the grace of God.”Patricia says she is thankful God gave her a second chance with her husband. “It’s the blessing, it’s the blessing,” said Patricia. A go-fund me has been set up to help with the Woullard family’s medical expenses.

Life for Peter Woullard and his wife, Patricia, was pretty normal a year ago.

“I was working in Mental Health at St. Joe’s Hospital,” said Peter. “I loved outdoors and loved to be around family and friends.”

The New Orleans native worked as a Behavioral Health Technician at St. Charles Parish Hospital.

When the pandemic hit, he became one of many who moved to the front line, putting himself at risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

“We never thought he’d actually test positive until he did on March 31, 2020,” said Patricia.

Peter was working in the emergency room when he said he contracted the virus.

I went to work that morning. I was feeling fine with a temperature of like, 96.7 or something like that,” said Peter. “By 12 hours later, I had a temperature of 103.”

Peter thought his symptoms would go away, but nine days later things got worse.

He was forced to go back to the hospital, but this time he wasn’t clocking in.

He was fighting for his life.

“Within three hours that I’ve got him there, they had to intubate. His kidney had already failed,” said Patricia. “He had a bleed on his brain. He had dialysis. He coded six days later. So that’s when the family was called in to come visit him because they didn’t think he was gonna make it.”

About two weeks after that Peter had a stroke, which made his recovery even more difficult.

“I have nerve damage from suffering from COVID and I’m not walking now and it’s a year later,” said Peter.

His wife said she was devastated.

“It was devastating to see my husband from a healthy man working to non-functional. And that was scary,” said Patricia.

Peter spent five months in different medical facilities.

Finally, in September 2020, he came home to continue his recovery.

Fast forward to March 2021, the Woullard family finally stood tall for the first time in nearly a year as Peter took his first steps since contracting the virus.

“I’m like 6’3, almost 6’4. And just to just look over everything like I used to do it was– it was amazing,” said Peter.

Peter has a long road ahead, but he and Patricia said their family is just grateful he is still here.

“I lose my breath easily now. And at one time, like I said, I enjoyed the outdoors and football and basketball and baseball and fishing on the lake front,” said Peter. “And, you know, things like that, and just I’m grateful to be here by the grace of God.”

Patricia says she is thankful God gave her a second chance with her husband.

“It’s the blessing, it’s the blessing,” said Patricia.

A go-fund me has been set up to help with the Woullard family’s medical expenses.

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