Augusta University Health celebrates COVID-19 patient’s release

Woman in wheelchair in hallway
The staff cheers for Caroline Maddox as she leaves Augusta University Medical Center after battling COVID-19.

For two weeks, Caroline Maddox was in Augusta University Medical Center fighting for her life after testing positive for COVID-19.

She spent eight days on the ventilator to help her breathe. But she fought the virus and was released from the hospital Thursday, April 16.

To help celebrate her recovery, employees at Augusta University Health lined the halls and cheered for her as she was being discharged.

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Caroline Maddox is greeted by family as she leaves Augusta University Medical Center after battling COVID-19. (Photo by Kim Ratliff/Augusta University)

“I’m just thanking God for all of his grace and his mercy, and thanking this hospital and this staff for taking care of her,” said Lilly Maddox, Caroline’s sister. ” Each time we called and had questions, they never hesitated to answer or explain to us what was going on. God is so good and I can’t say enough about this hospital.”

Watch Maddox be celebrated as she is escorted down the hallway at AU Health.

Moments like these are being shared on social media and giving hope to others as the cases across the U.S. top 676,676. Learn more about COVID-19 at our dedicated resource page.

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