Ohio woman welcomed home after 150-day COVID-19 hospitalization

LYNCHBURG — Escorted home in a pink Thunderbird by police and fire, a Lynchburg woman returned home after nearly 150 days in the hospital due to COVID-19.

Our news partners at WCPO reported the main drag of Lynchburg was lined with community members and supporters welcoming Molly Chapol home.

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Alan West told the outlet that is was “wonderful that so many people came out to support” Chapol, who caught COVID-19 over the winter.

Soon after catching COVID-19, Chapol, who is in her 20s, learned she had also developed pneumonia. Her case was dire.

Chapol was hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in January. Her family told WCPO she was placed on an ECMO for 50 days.

“I didn’t really feel like I would make it to this day, and here I am,” Chapol told WCPO.

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The “surreal” return home came after doctors told her mother that if she did survive, she would be on a vent for the rest of her life.

Chapol’s family credit her recovery and return to prayer and the staff at UC Health.

On her return, Chapol said she was “truly blessed” to be from a small town like Lynchburg.