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Mississippi man who was on his deathbed with Covid-19 says his community and faith saved him

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A family trip to Nashville in March would change David Johnson and his family forever.

The Johnson family went during the early days of Covid-19, when the general public knew very little about the virus.

"I remember one morning doing an interview at 11 a. m. , by 11 p. m. that night I was on life support," said Johnson, who covers University of Mississippi and Southeastern Conference (SEC) Football for 247 Sports, a subsidiary of CBS Sports.

"Doctors told me they could not give me a medical explanation for how I turned better," Johnson told CNN.

During their trip, the family went out to celebrate the birthday of Johnson's wife, Ashley.

Johnson was in denial at the time, he told CNN.

Johnson texted his 20-year-old daughter, Sydney, while fighting with medical staff.

After the first eight days of being on a ventilator, Johnson said medical staff told his wife he had only a 5% chance of surviving.

"They asked my wife to sign a 'do not resuscitate' order," Johnson said.

Doctors and Johnson's family argued about his condition and whether to keep him on life support.

"My brother had already made funeral arrangements, that's how close to death I was," Johnson said.

Because his daughter Sydney was the only one who had not tested positive, Johnson said they allowed her to come visit and say her final goodbyes.

The family told Johnson everything was going to be OK, that he was strong and they love him.

"This has been one of the most blessed years of our lives," Johnson told CNN in reference to people apologizing to him for the crappy year.

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