'I'm feeling great': Man goes home after six-month COVID-19 battle

"You need to protect yourself from the virus so you don't go through what I went through," he said.


A Wisconsin man who almost died in the hospital from COVID-19 is finally home.

Mike Berry of Brookfield was admitted to the hospital in January and contracted COVID-19 before vaccines were available.

"His life was in many ways shattered and in pieces and it took the hands of multiple individuals to kind of piece it together," said Dr. Jay Patel of the Froedtert Medical College of Wisconsin.

Arika Hernandez was Berry's primary nurse.

"It's one of the most amazing feelings because it's been a really tough year and a lot of patients like him, we've seen, and we didn't have this outcome," she said.

Berry praised the doctors, nurses and therapists who pulled him out of his six-month battle.

"The biggest part is the staff here. Not only did they take care of me, but befriended my wife. And really, took her in and comforted her," he said.

Now that he's home, Berry's road to recovery continues.

"I'm feeling great. I'm thinking about everything that compared to where we were," he said. "You need to protect yourself from the virus so you don't go through what I went through. A healthy guy, 52-years-old, and I was resuscitated twice, heart surgery, kidney failure, there's a long list of things that the virus did to me."

Berry said the hardest part was being separated from his wife and four children because of hospital protocols.

"I miss my family. So I'm really glad to be going home with them," he said. "I've seen my kids twice in the last six months. So I'm really excited about seeing them tonight, and being home."