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North Texas COVID-19 survivor hospitalized for 4 months feeling blessed on Thanksgiving – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth


VINEYARD, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – On Thursday, families will come together to celebrate what they have and what they can be grateful for.

For a growing number of them, it is life itself after surviving severe episodes of COVID-19.

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Sue and Billy Szendrey will be sitting in their favorite chairs at Thanksgiving and that’s enough for this couple who have gone through so much.

“I’m thankful now that when I look over it he’s there because he wasn’t there for very long,” Sue said.

Sue and Billy Szendrey with their dog (CBS 11).

For four months last year, Billy was away from his chair and on a hospital bed clinging to life from COVID-19.

He spent seven weeks on a ventilator and it was only today that he reached a milestone, 16 months after leaving the hospital.

“I just finished my therapy today at Baylor Scott and White here in Grapevine,” Billy said.

The 65-year-old had to relearn how to stand and later train his legs to walk again.

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On Thursday, November 25, he will meet for the first time in two years for a Thanksgiving dinner that will include his wife’s children and extended family.

“I just want to be able to say how grateful I am that we are as a family of four, that we are still a family of four after what he’s been through,” Sue said.

“I feel great,” Billy said. “My lung function has gone from less than 60% to almost 75%.

Billy has yet to regain full use of his right hand.

No one would blame him for being resentful and asking “why me?” “

But he only counts his blessings in knowing how long COVID-19 affects others.

“They still have breathing problems, they can’t walk, they can’t really move and I’m beyond that which is why I’m so grateful,” Billy said.

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And to be back in his chair alongside his 32-year-old wife.

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