TN family who tested positive for COVID-19 all finally home following son’s lengthy hospital stay

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Knoxville family of five, reunited following a bout with COVID-19.

All members of the household tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this year, all experiencing different symptoms, but 24-year-old Patrick Dalton was left hospitalized.

Patrick, a former college athlete at Austin Peay State University, was seemingly healthy before testing positive. Unable to breathe, he was rushed to the hospital in late March.

On Easter Sunday, Patrick was transferred from Knoxville to Ascension Saint Thomas West because he needed to be placed on an external artificial lung machine, known as ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation).

“It kind of helped me put things in perspective,” Patrick said.

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