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