Don Gillmer's wife supported him as he went through the ordeal for more than 60 days.
A life partner is someone who would stand by their loved one at all times. They become their biggest cheerleaders, their constant support system, and a companion for life. One man from South Carolina was lucky to find such a woman in his life. She was his greatest pillar of strength when he battled coronavirus and was also the reason for his recovery.
According to People, Don Gillmer who battled the virus for months woke up from a coma after he heard his wife's words of encouragement. "I swear I heard her voice, and by the time she left, I was stable. She’s my angel. She’s the reason I’m here," said Gillmer about the love of his life, Lacy.
The 43-year-old started showing symptoms of the virus in early July 2020. Gillmer knew it was time for him to move to a medical facility when he began struggling to fall asleep and developed a cough. "[I] knew it was time to go to the hospital," he said.
In the days that followed, Gillmer received his treatment at the Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. However, nothing proved to be effective.
"I received convalescent plasma twice, remdesivir, nothing was working. Nothing was helping me recover, so I’ll never really forget when they came in with papers I needed to sign to go on a ventilator. That scared me," recalled Gillmer. Meanwhile, a Go Fund Me page was set up to help with the medical expenses.
Soon after, his temperature began to rise and the doctors were left with no option. They were forced to place him in a medically induced coma. Later, the doctors told Lacy that her husband's recovery depended on how he responded overnight.
The heartbroken woman stayed by her husband's side all throughout. "I just told him that he was doing great, that they were taking such good care of him, he was in amazing hands," said Lacy, according to WYFF.
Though Gillmer was in a coma, he affirmed that he could hear his wife's voice. Soon, the man woke up from his coma. In the days that followed, Gillmer underwent other treatments such as a tracheostomy and therapy to relearn walking. More than 60 days after being admitted, Gillmer was discharged from the hospital in mid-September.
Speaking of the ordeal, he said, "I think about her drive to the hospital the night they told her that I may not make it. I can’t imagine that, so I tell her often I don’t know that I could have been as strong as her."