Former CO, 9/11 responder with COVID-19 released from hospital

Robert Marrero, a former New York corrections officer, 9/11 responder and cancer survivor, spent more than a month in the hospital battling COVID-19

By Sarah Calams

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A former New York corrections officer, 9/11 first responder and cancer survivor with COVID-19 beat the odds after he was released from the hospital. reported that Robert Marrero tested positive for COVID-19 after he started feeling ill at the end of March. Marrero's conditioned worsened, prompting doctors to put him on a ventilator and place him into a medically induced coma. His family said he was on a ventilator for 19 days.

Last Monday, Marrero's family members were told he wasn't going to survive. 

"At that time, they told us to come in and basically say our goodbyes," Marrero's daughter, Jenny, said. "Myself, my whole entire family, we rushed over there, and we were able to see my dad. We just prayed over him, and within 40 minutes, his vitals became stable. We witnessed a miracle."

After spending more than a month in the hospital, Marrero was released Wednesday. Hospital staff lined the hallway to celebrate Marrero's victory. 

"When it hits home, with my father, it's some serious stuff guys," Jenny said. "Please wash your hands. Don't go out if you don't have to; just stay safe. This is serious. It's a miracle that I have my dad. We really thought we were going to lose him."

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