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An intubated Covid-19 patient played the violin in the ICU to thank health care workers

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A retired orchestra teacher battling Covid-19 in a Utah hospital turned to his true passion -- music -- to help spread some joy in the ICU.

(CNN)A retired orchestra teacher battling Covid-19 in a Utah hospital turned to his true passion -- music -- to help spread some joy in the ICU.

Even while being intubated and unable to speak, Grover Wilhelmsen wanted to show his gratitude to the health care workers at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

"Toward the middle of my shift he wrote, 'You know, I really want to play here at the hospital.

What do you think about my wife bringing in my violin and viola?,'"Ciara Sase, a RN at McKay-Dee Hospital, said in a news release.

For all the staff to see a patient doing this while intubated was unbelievable," Sase said.

"It was honestly shocking to be there when he picked up the violin," Matt Harper, a RN at the hospital, said in the news release.

The hospital said he was able to play a few times before he became too sick and required sedation.

"That's just Grover," she said.

Diana said she was able to manage her symptoms at home, but the virus impacted Wilhelmsen's lungs.

"It is real," she said, when asked what she wanted people to know about battling the virus.

Wilhelmsen spent a month in the hospital on a ventilator before being transferred to a long-term acute care facility last week, Diana Wilhelmsen said.

Diana Wilhelmsen wasn't able to see her husband at the hospital due to the visitor restrictions, but now they are able to see each other through the glass window of the care facility.

She said she hopes he will be able to be home for Christmas.

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