New York Man Leaves the Hospital After Battling Coronavirus for 132 Days and Having Leg Amputated

During his hospitalization, Rogan was intubated twice and spent a total of 71 days with a tube in his throat. He also coded once, had to get a tracheotomy, and had to have his leg amputated as a result of blood clots, ABC 7 reported.

"Actually, when I first woke up, I had no clue about [the amputation]," Rogan told ABC 7. "Until the surgical team was like, 'does it still feel like there's a leg there?' and I was like, 'what? What do you mean, is there still a leg there?' So I knew it was serious."

Rogan's wife Crystal pointed out the similarity to the story of Broadway Nick Cordero — who also had to get a leg amputated as a result of complications from COVID-19 but sadly died earlier this month after battling the virus for more than 90 days.

Crystal said that before the actor died, she found hope following his progress while her own husband was in the hospital.

"I could feel what his wife was going through," Crystal told ABC 7. "Their cases were so similar. I would check the news every day to see how Nick Cordero was doing, because it gave me hope that if he was doing better, that Chris would do better too."

Rogan was wheeled out of the hospital to rounds of applause from staff, who showered him with flowers and balloons in celebration of his remarkable recovery, footage shared by Bellevue Hospital on Facebook Tuesday showed.

"It's not the end of the world," Rogan said of his experience with COVID-19. "And it doesn't define me."

"I feel like my quality of life is going to be better, just because I appreciate so much more," he added.

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