89-Year-Old Veteran Wins Battle Against Covid-19

It's a reunion to remember. One Tri-State family is celebrating the release of one man who fought and won his battle against COVID-19.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 3:40 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2020 9:27 AM

It's a reunion to remember.

One Tri-State family celebrating the release of one man who fought and won his battle against COVID-19.

"We're just going to follow his lead and go at his pace," says Diane Unfried, George's sister.

For 89-year old George Meece of Spencer County, the last month has been anything but easy.

Meece thought he already made it through the battle of his lifetime, but now the Korean War Army veteran is recovering from the latest battle for his life.

"In Owensboro, two or three days that I thought he might not make it," says Unfried. "I know age was against him, but I didn't want the virus to get him."

George's first symptoms showing up late July.

He spent a little more than two weeks fighting the silent enemy.

"It just got worst and worst and again, at his age, he had his phone, he face timed with the kids a little bit, but for days he couldn't utter much more than "hi", "Yeah, I'm okay," but he didn't sound okay," says Unfried. "That was the worst part of all."

Once he was cleared of COVID-19, he then spent another two weeks working to get stronger each day.

"At his age at 89, he was able to really rehabilitate here in our hospital with physical and occupational therapy to get stronger to get back home," says Lauren Weil, Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital.

George was never on a ventilator, only oxygen, but he kept pushing through.

"Once I knew he had a turn around to feel, I could see the end would be better," says Unfried. "I mean he was just determined to make it then."

After 29 days, this soldier, finally getting to return home, overcoming just one more challenge.

"We're apprehensive of bringing him home, but we have the house ready, his bed ready, we're ready," says Unfried.

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