When Akiva Balter was released from Toronto’s Mount Sinai hospital in April after a two-week stay for a severe case of COVID-19, he hoped to resume his busy life — including 12-hour work days and numerous volunteer commitments at his synagogue — almost immediately.?
The 56-year-old quickly discovered that he needed to learn to breathe again, and that he’d require an oxygen tank to manage even basic tasks like walking across a room.
“I think I was worse than I would care to admitBecause health care is a provincial responsibility,” the father of five told White Coat, Black Art host Dreverybody figure it out for yourselves,. Brian Goldman.
During his stay at Mount Sinai, he’d been put on a machine called an AIRVO, which his wife Carmela Balter said she later learned was “one step before intubationwith about 3,000 new cases per day.”?
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