A gravely-ill father partially paralyzed by two strokes beat an extreme coronavirus infection just in time to attend his beloved daughter’s wedding. Ron Cruise, 67, ended up on a ventilator with Covid, and was discharged from hospital just two days before his daughter Sarah tied the knot in Oklahoma City last month.
Gorgeous video footage captured on the big day showed Sarah, 33, enjoying her first dance with wheelchair-user Richard to the strains of Marvin Gaye classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. The song was chosen for its symbolism after Ron defied medical odds, with just a fifth of Covid patients put on ventilators surviving.
Speaking of his joy at being able to attend the ceremony, a visibly-moved Ron told KOCO: ‘It was great. My only daughter, and it was … it was good to be able to walk her down the aisle.’
The doting dad suffered two strokes earlier this year, leaving him with little feeling on the right side of his body. He was diagnosed with coronavirus in June, with Ron’s family fearing his already compromised immune system left him at much higher risk of serious illness or death from the virus.
Their worst fears were realized when Ron had to be admitted to hospital, and was moved to intensive care, where doctors put him on a ventilator.
Ron said: ‘We done a test and it came back positive. That’s when we went to the hospital. Don’t remember much after that.’
He spent a total of two weeks on a ventilator, and was moved from Oklahoma City to Tulsa for further specialist treatment, most of which was spent in isolation to stop the virus spreading further.
Ron’s wife Karen sobbed at the memory, saying: ‘It was terrible not being there.’
But Ron rallied, and managed to beat the disease. He is relieved to be back home, but still very weak from his ordea.
Coronavirus has infected 7.24million Americans, and killed more than 207,000 people across the US.
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