PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Jim Kolovos crammed his day with work, his hockey workforce, and his household till every little thing modified.
“I contracted COVID in the direction of the tip of February 2021, and I used to be admitted to hospital on March 2,” stated Kolovos, a Mars resident.
Only a few weeks shy of his first vaccine, he ended up at UPMC Presbyterian on a machine to maintain his coronary heart and lungs pumping.
“It was actually horrible,” he stated. “Your oxygen degree could be 100 p.c, however I felt prefer it was 20 p.c. All of the shortness of breath, it was actually, actually robust.”
After six months within the hospital with no enchancment, he boarded a airplane for Chicago. Dr. Ankit Bharat, a transplant surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, believed he may save the daddy of two.
“It actually emphasizes that typically you simply should attempt,” Bharat stated. “And with out making an attempt, you don’t know whether or not the affected person goes to have an excellent consequence or not.”
When different medical doctors needed to withdraw care, Bharat scrubbed in for a double lung transplant.
“He was extraordinarily motivated,” the physician stated. “He had a really supportive household that was there with him, and that I feel performed a really large half on this consequence.”
Kolovos survived the surgical procedure, beating all the percentages.
“After I was capable of take clear breaths with my new lungs with no ventilator on, oh, my goodness, it was simply superb,” Kolovos stated.
Kolovos began rehab in Chicago, graduating from standing as much as driving the bike to strolling with two helpers.
“I made a dedication early on,” he stated. “I knew this was going to be a protracted street, however I used to be keen to struggle very arduous. I didn’t need to see my children develop up with no dad and be unhappy and undergo that.”
Now, he’s strolling on his personal, without end grateful to the medical doctors who believed in him, his children and his spouse, Lauren.
“I’m going to be in Chicago till the latter a part of summer season, perhaps fall,” Jim stated. “So, I’m wanting ahead to that particular second after I get to get again residence.”
KDKA’s Meghan Schiller requested him what he’s craving from Pittsburgh.
“You’re at all times craving a Primanti’s sandwich. So, I’m positive that can be fairly fast for me to go to Primanti’s. And I simply can’t wait to be again in my very own home with my household and to take pleasure in how issues was once.”
Jim hopes to be settled in his residence earlier than the primary Steelers sport hits the TV this fall.