Friday morning, Susie Tharrett, one of the owners of Papa Rick’s Snack Shack on North James Street, was treated to a surprise after being discharged from Rome Memorial Hospital after a lengthy stay due to coronavirus and other complications.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Tharrett and husband Rick were escorted through the city by Rome police and fire departments as well as AmCare Ambulance.
Once the procession arrived at the snack eatery, Susie Tharrett was treated to a big “welcome home” from friends and family toting signs, balloons and flowers.
The emotional gathering was socially distant, but still joyful and close knit as they welcomed their loved one home.
“...Most of you already know that she’s been hospitalized for the past 11 weeks fighting not only COVID-19 but pneumonia and a spinal staph infection as well. The past 11 weeks has been the most challenging we’ve ever faced as a family...,” reads part of a social media statement from the family leading up to Tharrett’s hospital discharge.
“It’s been such a long road,” said Tharrett’s daughter, Kelley Anderson, Friday morning.
Tharett herself said she feels good, but is still very weak. “I have to take it easy.”
“I am just thrilled to see everybody,” she added.
As she spoke, horns honked from passing motorists.