Patton Village officer leaves hospital after long battle with COVID-19

After more than a month of battling coronavirus COVID-19, Patton Village Officer, Chris Hernandez is finally going home.

Montgomery County OEM posted a video of Hernandez walking out, wearing boxing gloves.

A huge crowd of medical workers cheered him on as he walked toward a pick-up truck, fist-bumping doctors and nurses along the way.

“I can’t express how grateful I am for every single one of you. You guys saved my life. I know God had everybody in the right place and I came to the right facility and he empowered you guys to make all the right choices,” Hernandez said.

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Hernandez was first admitted on March 8 with flu-like symptoms. Soon after being admitted, he was put on a ventilator.

Hernandez was the first COVID-19 patient in Montgomery County and the first case in the greater Houston area that appeared to be from community spread.

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His case also gained notoriety because it was confirmed the officer attended the World Championship Bar-B-Que Cookoff on Friday, February 28.

Consequently, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was canceled for the first time in history.

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As seen in the video, Hernandez left in good spirits and walked on his own.