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Kennebunk woman survives COVID-19, praises hospital staff


One look at Janet Vitanza and you’d never know she just fought and won a battle against COVID-19. remembers those early days in the hospital, fighting for his life. She has had two bouts of cancer in the past. She even had part of a lung removed years ago. When her daughter brought her to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford on February 5, COVID-19 was the enemy. I didn’t think she was going to make it,” said Allison Majkowski, Vitanza’s daughter. Vitanza is vaccinated and praised the care she received from doctors, nurses and everyone at SMHC. and say the most beautiful prayer. Words I had never heard before,” Vitanza said. Majkowski said not being able to visit her mother in hospital heightened her concerns. Majkowski said. After 10 days, Vitanza had improved enough that she was discharged from the hospital. Vitanza is recovering from her home where she says she is regaining her strength and will celebrate her 84th birthday on Saturday. She says that his large family is what got him through the ordeal. “I kept thinking about my grandchildren and thinking about how important it is for me to have them,” Vitanza said. I do not want anything. I do not want anything. I have a good life,” she said.

One look at Janet Vitanza and you’d never know she just fought and won a battle against COVID-19.

“Lying there in the hospital with this drip, drip, knowing you had a blood clot.

Vitanza, 83, from Kennebunk, remembers those early days in the hospital, fighting for her life. She has had two bouts of cancer in the past. She even had part of a lung removed years ago. When her daughter brought her to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford on Feb. 5, COVID-19 was the enemy.

“We knew she had her underlying conditions and so when she got it, our worst fear came true, and we didn’t think she was going to make it,” said Allison Majkowski, the Vitanza’s daughter.

Vitanza is vaccinated and praised the care she received from doctors, nurses and everyone at SMHC.

“These young girls would come to my bed, hold my hand and say the most beautiful prayers. Words I had never heard before,” Vitanza said.

Majkowski said not being able to visit her mother in hospital heightened her concerns.

“Leaving her at the hospital door was so difficult,” Majkowski said.

After 10 days, Vitanza had improved enough to be discharged from the hospital.

Vitanza is recovering from her home where she says she is regaining her strength and will celebrate her 84th birthday on Saturday. She says her large family is what got her through the ordeal.

“I kept thinking about my grandchildren and thinking about how important it is for me to have them,” Vitanza said. “I don’t want anything. I don’t want anything. I have a great life,” she said.


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