St. Louis, Missouri 2021-11-25 23:39:00 –
NS. LOUIS (KMOV.com)-St. Louis police officers are grateful to be back to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition after a long battle with COVID-19.
Autobiophyser Dave Tenorio helps lead many of the city’s parades. Last year he was forced to watch the Thanksgiving parade from bystanders.
“I know that higher powers have ensured that I am here today,” Tenorio said. “I know there is a reason I’m still here.”
Doctors and nurses from St. Louis Hospital lined up to cheer when Dave Tenorio, a police officer at the Metropolitan Police Department in St. Louis, left after a long battle with COVID-19.
Tenorio was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April 2020. He spent several weeks at St. Luke’s Hospital. There, doctors said he was so ill that he had to ventilate Tenorio the day he arrived. According to doctors, the ventilator stopped working, so he used the ECMO machine, which stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Doctors considered this machine as a last resort.
“It kept him alive long enough for his body to heal his lungs,” explained cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jeremy Leidenfrost on the day Tenorio was discharged.
Last November, police allowed Tenorio to return to the bike. Tenorio said one of the first places he wanted to go was a hospital to thank the doctors and nurses for helping him.
“It was really the most special day for me,” recalled Tenorio. “I wanted them to see that not everything was done in a bad way.”
For Tenorio, this Thanksgiving parade marks a milestone in his recovery.
He admitted that many who stopped him along the parade route helped drive home the most important thing.
“People don’t understand how much you need love and support from strangers, not just from others, your friends and family,” Tenorio said. “I am very, very, very grateful to everyone who helped me get back to where I am.”
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