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Wichita man who battled COVID-19 since March dies from complications

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Published: Apr. 27, 2020 at 3:59 PM CDT
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Update Thursday, May 7, 2020

A Wichita man who battled COVID-19 since March died Wednesday night from virus-related complications with a blood clot.

Family says Grant Linsley didn't suffer from underlying health conditions.

His fiancee Vicki Latimer, says both of them had COVID-19, but things were much worse for Linsley.

She says after spending nearly a month on a ventilator, things were finally looking up for him..

"He had done so well that day. He got up and got to walking three steps, and we were laughing," Latimer says.."I was standing at the window because I couldn't go in. I'd stand at the window in the ICU unit."

Linsley came off the ventilator April 20, but he never got to go home.

"He was supposed to come home, he was so young so important to so many people." Latimer says.

Latimer says she's struggling to come to terms with what happened.

"I never believed that this would happen to me," Latimer says. " It always happens to everybody else, not us, not our family, not this close. You know? This is surreal."

Latimer has a message for others.

"Just hug your people close and stay safe, because you don't know when it will be taken from you. You don't know," Latimer says. " This virus is like smoke that can sneak through cracks. Nobody knows where it could be lurking in, so stay safe."

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April 27, 2020

The Kansas Medical Center in Andover Monday made a celebratory announcement concerning a patient's progress in the fight against COVID-19.

The hospital says "in the next few days," it plans to release 52-year-old Doyle Linsley, a man who spent 23 days on a ventilator due to COVID-19.

Linsley was admitted to the hospital on March 27 for a fever and shortness of breath. A month later, Linsley has victory in his sights. His family says he'll be released from the Kansas Medical Center Wednesday afternoon (April 29).

"We are ecstatic," says Kansas Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer Joy Stephenson. "A patient with these symptoms, this treatment, and with such a duration on a ventilator is not always a happy ending. We are thrilled to tell a happy one today. Discharging Mr. Linsley is a win for everyone."

It's a win, they say, because by April 10, doctors warned Linsley's family that he may not survive.

"They had decided it was kind of the end of the ropes and I told (the doctor), I said, 'that's the strongest man you'll ever deal with. You just keep him alive and he'll fight his way through it,'" Linsley's father, Ray Linsley says.

Fighting his way through it is exactly what Linsley did.

"Luck and God and doctors and the hospital all worked together," Ray Linsley says. "We got him through this."

The hospital says the higher mortality-rate from COVID-19 patients "underscores the success in treating Mr. Linsley," who will be discharged to a rehab facility.

"We're obviously thrilled," says Kansas Medical Center spokesperson Malik Idbeis. "It's what we are here to do. Mr. Linsley gets to go back to his life and spend time with the people he loves. It's nice to see."

Linsley who goes by "Grant" took a moment Monday evening to comment on a KWCH 12 Facebook post, thanking everyone for their support.

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