Tito Velasquez, Who Is In His 30s, Had No Previous Health Problems Before Coming Down With Coronavirus In Late April

MANHASSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — He spent more than three months in multiple hospitals battling COVID-19.

But on Monday, a Valley Stream man was discharged, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.

Finally, after 111 days in the hospital, 33-year-old Tito Velasquez found the strength to walk out of Northwell Stern Family Center of Rehabilitation, to cheers and tears. He spoke with the help of his nurse interpreter.

When asked if he ever thought he wasn’t going to make it, “He said, no. He never gave up,” the nurse said.


All of Velasquez’s doctors called him a miracle patient after he cheated death multiple times.

Velasquez had no previous health issues, but on April 28 he was rushed to Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital in critical condition and immediately put on a ventilator. He later tested positive for COVID-19.

“He’s my age. Every time something went wrong and he got that sick again, we thought that this was it. He didn’t give up. We didn’t give up, either,” Dr. Zubair Hasan said.

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Velasquez suffered two strokes and a collapsed lung. He fought for weeks and was moved to four different hospitals to work with specialists.

One video shows him walking for the first time after being taken off the vent.

“Seeing him stand up and take his first couple of steps … it was a beautiful and emotional moment for myself, all the staff,” said Dr. Richard Stumacher, chief of pulmonary and critical care at Northern Westchester Hospital.

Velasquez’s wife said they will never forget the doctors and nurses who saved his life.

“Very happy, very happy,” Juana Masa said.

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Now the focus is on the future. Velasquez said his first order of business when getting home is having a good meal.

And, most importantly, he’s looking forward to spending time with his family.

That meal his wife was set to cook Monday night is his favorite — ham on the barbecue.

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Comments (8)
  1. John Credit says:

    33 years old LOL FAKE NEWS!!!

  2. frank says:

    Yes, God granted him a miracle. That’s because he donated to the church. No dough, no mir.

  3. Julie Foster says:

    Cant speak English? Is he illegal??? Who is going to pay his multi-million dollar bill???

  4. Steven Moshlak says:

    Wait until Tito sees his bill!!!

  5. Samuel says:

    So, these people are so evil that they wouldn’t give this poor guy a few dollars worth of Zinc and Hydroxychloriquine? Outrageous. I hope his family sues all the killers involved.

    FYI… What they don’t want you to know is that Zinc is the hero, not Hydroxychloriquine.
    Zinc stops more that just cold virus, many cancers are also caused by viruses, and they cannot replicate if Zinc is inside cells in sufficient quantities. Zinc gets inside cells by the action of Hydroxychloriquine, a zinc ionophore, but there are other zinc ionophores that do the same thing.
    The easiest ionophores to find are Quercitin, EGCG, and Fulvic-Humic acid. Take those with zinc daily and viruses cannot reproduce. Breast cancer for example is caused by virus, according to NIH Pub Med.

    The secret to better health is zinc, and an ionophore of some kind.
    If you eat apples and berries, you’re getting a decent dose of Quercitin, so take zinc with those fruits. Thats why zinc stops colds for some, but not for others who don’t eat good sources of Quercitin.

    Tonic water also does a decent job of pushing zinc into cells, thats why British Navy was ordered to take Tonic water, regularly for over a hundred years.

  6. seahorse 1 says:

    let’s hope there’s EMT’s nearby when he gets the bill describing in figures the debt peonage that awaits.

  7. give out says:

    So was it covid or was it because of the strokes and collapse lung, or did covid just make it longer????

  8. ZonaJim says:

    Blessings to you and your family Mr. Velasquez. Live a long and healthy life.

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