BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Verlean Kingsby, also known as Roswell Park's Miracle Woman, was finally able to go home Wednesday afternoon.
Fighting a winning battle with myeloma, she was supposed to go home March 15, but she spiked a fever.
She tested positive for COVID-19 and had to be put on a ventilator. Her chances of survival were extremely low.
"She went under with a good spirit, good attitude; that she was going to be alright," said her sister Merry Cherry.
Kingsby stayed on the ventilator for more than a month. But her family and friends never stopped praying for her.
"They began twice-a-day prayer vigils and have been praying praying for like the last 40 days," said family friend Sandee Scruggs.
Holding on to their faith, they prayed for 49 days, for both Kingsby and the staff caring for her.
Finally – on May first – three days before her birthday, she was taken off the ventilator. She was up, talking, walking and ready to go home.
"The perfect meld of faith, science and medicine," said Scruggs.
"The doctors did everything, they were very good at whatever they did. The suggestions that they made, we said go for it," said Cherry.
And while Kingsby has overcome obstacle after obstacle, her sister said they will not stop their prayer vigils.
"Not even when she comes out. Because so many other people are suffering like this, and our faith is strong in our God," said Cherry.