On the road to recovery

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We want to congratulate and wish good luck to Kelly Lubeck as she continues her battle against the effects of the COVID-19 virus.

As described in today’s story by reporter Nicole A. Hawley, Lubeck is home after eight months of being in hospitals and undergoing rehabilitation at a Schenectady rehab center. Lubeck’s road to recovery brought her back home at last on Tuesday afternoon.

It was on Jan. 13 that Lubeck said she went to the Rome Hospital Emergency Room feeling unwell and discovered she tested positive for COVID-19. Her long battle was about to begin. After a stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse, which included a coma before waking up Feb. 4, Lubeck was transferred to Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady. She almost died three times.

Lubeck praises the therapists, nurses and staff who helped get the 52-year-old Rome woman where she is today, although there is still much work to be done. She has had to learn how to walk and move again. Among her plans is to get a COVID-19 shot.

“I can move my left arm — it’s still paralyzed a little — and my left hand and feet are still paralyzed,” she noted. They don’t know if I’ll ever regain movement. I was told that everyone is different. I can move my right hand now, but I have minimal use of it.”

Lubeck’s family will host a benefit on Sept. 25 to help support her therapy and medical needs.

We know the community wishes her well as she recovers. Already she has received more than 200 cards, and she thanks those folks whose prayers and positive messages got her through her ordeal.

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