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Doctor who beat coronavirus comes home

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 10:42:58-04

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Dr. Mark St. Marie finally went home Friday afternoon, after a long battle with COVID-19.

"Some of those prayers that were said for me must have made it to heaven because somebody heard me," he said.

He's talking about prayers from his family and friends.

Dr. St. Marie, a gastroenterologist, said he's grateful to have a second chance at life.In March, he went to the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath.

"And two hours later I was on a respirator. Early March, we had heard about this virus. Nobody knew anything about it. And we couldn't see it, we couldn't test for it. But we started taking precautions in the hospital and somewhere along the line I probably was exposed," he said.

But then, a miracle happened. About two weeks ago he tested negative for Coronavirus, and after more than two months in the hospital, he's finally home.

Family and friends threw a party, complete with lawn decorations, balloons, and a motorcade.

"Some of the [hospital] staff would come by after hours on the floor and shake their head and say, you're like a miracle. What you went through and how sick we saw you, that you're still alive today. So again I think those prayers paid off," said Dr. St. Marie.

Now he's looking forward to resting, recuperating, and spending time with his family.

"I'm grateful to be home, I'm grateful for my health, I'm grateful for this second chance," he said.