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A former college lacrosse All-American was discharged from a Philadelphia hospital Friday, a month and a day after he was first hospitalized with symptoms of coronavirus.
Video of Jack Allard, 26, walking out of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to a round of applause from staffers was posted on social media.
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“Incredible,” Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., told “The Story” on Monday. “If that doesn’t make your month, I don’t know what will.”
Allard’s mother Genny joined host Martha MacCallum on March 24 to discuss her fight to get Jack placed into a clinical trial of the experimental drug Remdesivir. At the time, Jack was in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator at Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J. During her appearance, Genny Allard said she had just received a text confirming that her son would be flown to Philadelphia.
The Lewiston Sun Journal in Maine reported over the weekend that Jack Allard, a 2016 graduate of Lewiston’s Bates College, was accepted to take part in the trial, but it was not clear whether he received Remdesivir.
“He spent more than 20 days on a ventilator and miraculously got off,” Gottheimer told MacCallum. “It just shows you how strong he is. He had a birthday, he’s 26 now. I couldn’t be happier for the family. I know the community feels the same way.”
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). about 38 percent of U.S. patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 have been between the ages of 20 and 54.
Fox News’ Cristina Corbin contributed to this report.