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Michigan COVID-19 survivor to return home after more than 195 days in the hospital

Loved ones offer support from a distance

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Deanna Hair was released from the hospital after spending more than 195 days there due to complications from COVID-19.

Her loved ones were there when she was released to offer support.

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“We’re just here to show our support and welcome her as she moves on to the next stage of her recovery,” said friend Brandon Remmert. “This has been a wake up call for everyone on just how serious COVID-19 can be for some patients."

Hair was at the University of Michigan Hospital since nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All the time I kept expecting to get bad news,” friend Ramona Sankovich said.

Family and friends call themselves “Team Dee." They went to the hospital to show their support, from a distance, with handwritten signs of encouragement.

“We know that it’s distant and this is a big and potentially overwhelming time for Dee so it’s our way of sending our messages of care and support,” Remmert said.

Hair hopes that people will take COVID-19 seriously.

“I love my life and our lives -- and it changed forever. COVID is real and it’s deadly,” Hair said.

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