NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man is back home with his family after spending over 70 days in the hospital with COVID-19.

There were cheers Wednesday from doctors and nurses at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre as 39-year-old Alfredo Hercules, of Hewlett, was discharged.

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He wasted no time hugging his wife and two young daughters.

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“Very emotional to see my kids again because I haven’t seen them in close to three months. You know, it’s only so much Facetime can do. I’m just happy and blessed to be home with my girls,” Hercules said.

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He was first hospitalized in January and was there for 72 days, battling COVID-pneumonia.

CBSNewYork Team