Former minor league baseball participant Dan Venezia described his battle with COVID-19, telling “Fox & Buddies” on Thursday that whereas the virus took over his thoughts and physique, he wouldn’t let it break his spirit.
Venezia, who’s now a private coach, wrote a e-book on his expertise with the novel coronavirus titled “Surviving COVID-19: How Religion, Focus, Health, and Hydroxychloroquine Saved Me.”
“Regardless of the ravages that COVID-19 wreaked on my physique, my thoughts and my spirit, finally my religion, my focus, and my health (with the assistance of hydroxychloroquine) saved me,” he wrote within the e-book.
Talking on “Fox & Buddies,” he defined that prayer helped him by the “tough experience” and stated that he hopes his story “will encourage others to form of embrace God and embrace their religion somewhat bit extra.”
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Venezia stated he checked himself into the hospital on April 5, which was Palm Sunday, and stated his priest’s phrases that day “have been in a position to maintain me by the approaching days.”
He defined his signs, which included shivering, chills and shortness of breath, and stated that on Palm Sunday his “respiratory went from dangerous to worse.”
“It felt like somebody was sitting on my chest,” Venezia stated.
He acknowledged that whereas he was within the hospital he realized it might be the top for him and he knew he wanted to “get my thoughts in the best place and consider what I may management.”
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He stated COVID-19 “clearly took over my physique,” noting that he misplaced 25 kilos.
“It tried to take over my thoughts, taking me to a really darkish place, questioning the existence of God and so forth, however the one factor I didn’t let it break was my spirit,” Venezia continued.
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Venezia was discharged from the hospital in simply 4 days, and host Steve Doocy requested him what he attributed his fast launch to.
“I spent a lifetime as a private coach so I had the playbook there,” Venezia responded. “I knew I wanted to work my muscular tissues out, and I additionally had the playbook in regards to getting my thoughts proper. After which the prayer.”
He went on to say that docs gave him the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to assist deal with the novel coronavirus.
Venezia stated earlier than he took the drug he had a 103-degree fever for 11 consecutive days and Tylenol didn’t assist him “in any respect.”
“Inside 24 hours I took that [hydroxychloroquine] and my fever broke and it hasn’t been again since,” Venezia stated. “So I am not a physician, I am not a politician, I am only a father. I am a husband who desperately wished to get dwelling to his spouse and to his two sons and there’s no doubt that I assume that that was a game-changer for me.”
In June, the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) revoked emergency authorization for the drug, which had been prescribed to deal with the coronavirus. Nevertheless, President Trump and others within the medical group have hailed it as a potential treatment for COVID-19.
“I’m so blessed to be right here to share this story with the world,” Venezia advised Doocy.
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As of Thursday, practically eight million coronavirus circumstances have been reported within the U.S. with 216,904 deaths, in response to information compiled by Johns Hopkins College.
Fox Information’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.