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Claremore man wins 154 day battle with COVID-19

Posted at 1:04 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 01:13:55-04

CLAREMORE, Okla. — The Amos family's long and hard battle is coming to an end as Ron Amos is finally home after fighting COVID-19.

Amos battled the virus in the hospital for a total of 154 days.

For several weeks Amos was on a ventilator, not permitted to have visitors, due to COVID-19 precautions.

“It was hard seeing them apart,” Amos' daughter, Jackie, said. “They have always done everything together.”

Billie Amos also tested positive for COVID-19 the day she took her husband to the hospital in April.

“I’d seen all the horror stories on TV with this virus,” Billie said. “I was hoping that it wasn't us, but after a few days I realized it was bad.”

Even though the family could not be at the hospital with Ron, they made sure he knew he had a whole team of support behind him.

“We had posts and prayers from everyone one Facebook,” Billie said. “There were weeks at a time when I couldn’t see him because he couldn't have visitors, but his nurses were always so kind and would relay my messages to him.”

On Friday, September 4th, the Kaiser Rehabilitation Center in Tulsa cleared Ron to leave.

While Ron still has a considerable amount of recovery left in his journey, he said he's happy to do it with his wife by his side.

“She has been there with me every step of the way,” Amos said. “I’m so grateful for her.”

The Amos family knows they are one of the “horror stories” with a happy ending, but say stories like there’s, severe or not, can and should be prevented.

“I don’t want anyone, any wife to go through this,” Billie Amos. “Please wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance because I don’t want anyone to have to go through something like this, and I know Ron would never want anyone to go through what he is going through.”

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