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Fiercely fighting COVID: Frank Prebeck's journey

Updated: April 08, 2020 06:22 PM

Positive news about Frank Prebeck's journey battling COVID-19. The Itasca County man no longer needs a ventilator, after being on one for nine days. 

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He told his wife Karrie on Wednesday, "Boy, I didn't know if I was going to make 'er." Also, he added, "That was one hell of an experience. I wouldn't wish that on anyone."

It all started with a trip to Nashville. Frank and Karrie enjoyed their time in the Music City in early March. "I'm a little crazy for country music, so it was fun," Karrie told us.

But when they got home, Frank developed flu-like symptoms. 

The 68-year-old diabetic ended up in the hospital in Grand Rapids, and that facility sent him to St. Luke's. "He was a very, very sick man. It was not promising the first few days," Karrie remembered.

Frank had been on a ventilator, but it was removed and he's now getting stronger each day. "He's steady and awake," Karrie said.

She's been getting updates from the medical staff. "What an awesome job they're doing. They're so wonderful, keeping me updated. And for them to go and expose themselves to the virus, it's amazing what they do."

His family has been posting updates on CaringBridge. He's the father of three and grandfather of eight, who loves the outdoors.

Karrie has been self-isolating at home, and she's relying on the support of family, friends, and the power of prayer. "Prayer, it's what gets us all through."

Her message for everyone else? "Stay home."

To check out the updates about Frank's recovery:

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/frankprebeck

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