GOOD Morning Wilton is publishing this information with permission of the family.
On Sunday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the first CT presumptive positive patient with coronavirus was a Wilton resident. Town officials have been very forthcoming with information in the ensuing days about steps the town has taken, as well as to reassure the public that the state epidemiologists have been conducting all necessary contact tracing.
The family of four is relatively new in town; the couple celebrated the birth of their twins last fall. Her husband was in a higher risk group: stemming from sleep apnea, his heart has an enlarged left ventricle and doesn’t pump as effectively. As a result he is susceptible to pneumonia, which he contracted within days of getting the virus. Since he was diagnosed, the husband has been in the ICU at Danbury Hospital, and the wife and her children are quarantined at home.
On Sunday, March 8, she posted on Facebook:
“I’ve debated whether or not to post this for many reasons: it’s happened fast, I don’t want it to be real, I don’t want to induce panic, etc. But I also want people to hear it from me.
“My husband has had a viral illness all week that grew into double lobed pneumonia. This came about after flying back from San Francisco from a cybersecurity conference at the end of February.
“By Friday night [March 6] he was displaying some alarming respiratory symptoms and he was brought emergently to the hospital. We found out late last night [March 7] that he tested POSITIVE for the Coronavirus.
“Overnight his breathing and overall presentation worsened to the point he was moved to the ICU, placed in a medically induced coma, and ventilated.
“The boys and I so far show no symptoms and are quarantined for two weeks, so housebound.
“My husband’s prognosis is guarded. He is predisposed for pneumonia due to an underlying heart condition.
“Keep him in your prayers! Obviously both he and I are not accepting visitors and he obviously will not be responding for at least a week while his body rests and heals.”
On Monday, March 9 she wrote:
“He remains in a medically induced coma and heavily on a ventilator which is doing much of the work for his lungs. He has had low blood pressure and fluid on his lungs, but is on medications to rectify that which are working. He is receiving antiviral medications on an immediate compassionate care release to try to kill the virus.”
Editor’s note: Gilead Sciences, Inc., is the California-based biotechnology company that has developed remdesivir, which is being tested to treat COVID-19. The Wilton patient’s wife says the company is providing the medicine to “qualified patients on a compassionate use basis for emergency treatment outside of ongoing clinical studies.”
“I am so thankful he qualified to receive the drug and his Intensivist Doctor and Infectious Disease Doctor had it delivered and administered within 24 hours.”
Of course there are concerns. First, privacy. GOOD Morning Wilton is not going to reveal the family’s names or address. Hopefully, the Wilton community will unite to respect that and protect them as well. She does want people to know that her children are not school aged.
Second, they are grateful for the help they have received and the interest the community has already expressed in helping out more.
“Our congregation has been dropping off groceries, dinner, and medications. My husband’s short term disability pays 60% of his salary and I work full time hours as a Pediatric Registered Nurse BSN, but per diem so I have no sick leave and am unable to work, obviously.”
What would be the biggest help right now are Amazon gift cards that she can use to order household items to be delivered at home. Even though the quarantine is set until at least March 20, the husband will undoubtedly have a long recovery ahead.
And in the coming days more information as necessary will be released.
UPDATE: There is now a GoFundMe account that has been set up by relatives of this Wilton family. Donations are being accepted there as well.