Kennebunk woman survives COVID-19, praises hospital staff
Kennebunk woman survives COVID-19, praises hospital staff

Kennebunk woman survives COVID-19, praises hospital staff

A look at Janet Vitanza and you would never know she was just fighting and winning a fight with COVID-19. “Lying there in the hospital with that drop, drop, drop knowing you had a blood clot.” Vitanza, 83, from Kennebunk, remembered the first days in the hospital where she fought for her life. She previously had two rounds of cancer. She even had part of one lung removed years ago. When her daughter brought her to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford on February 5, COVID-19 was the enemy. “I do not think she would make it,” said Allison Majkowski, Vitanza’s daughter. Vitanza is vaccinated and praised the care she received from the doctors, nurses and everyone else at SMHC. “These young girls came past my bed and held my hand and prayed the most beautiful prayer. Words I have never heard before,” Vitanza said. Majkowski said she could not visit her mother at the hospital, increasing her worries. “It was so hard to leave her at the door of the hospital.” Majkowski said. After 10 days, Vitanza had improved enough for her to be discharged from the hospital. Vitanza is recovering from home, where she says she is regaining her strength and will celebrate her 84th birthday on Saturday. She says her large family was what got her through the ordeal. “I kept thinking about my grandchildren and just thinking about how important it is for me to have them,” Vitanza said. “I want for nothing. I want for nothing. I have a good life,” she said.

A look at Janet Vitanza and you would never know she was just fighting and winning a fight with COVID-19.

“Lie there in the hospital with that drip, drip, drip knowing you had a blood clot.”

Vitanza, 83, from Kennebunk, remembered the first days in the hospital where she fought for her life. She previously had two rounds of cancer. She even had part of one lung removed years ago. When her daughter brought her to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford on February 5, COVID-19 was the enemy.

“We knew she had her underlying ailments, and then when she got it, our worst fears came true and we did not think she would cope,” said Allison Majkowski, Vitanza’s daughter.

Vitanza is vaccinated and praised the care she received from doctors, nurses and everyone else at SMHC.

“These young girls would come by my bed, hold my hand and say the most beautiful prayer. Words I had never heard before,” Vitanza said.

Majkowski said it heightened her worries that she could not visit her mother at the hospital.

“Just having to leave her at the door of the hospital was so hard,” Majkowski said.

After 10 days, Vitanza had improved enough for her to be discharged from the hospital.

Vitanza is recovering from home, where she says she is regaining her strength and will celebrate her 84th birthday on Saturday. She says it was her large family that got her through the ordeal.

“I kept thinking about my grandchildren and just thinking about how important it is for me to have them,” Vitanza said. “I want for nothing. I want for nothing. I have a good life,” she said.

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