An ICU patient with severe coronavirus had been infected for 11 weeks. A Miami Beach Police Officer was finally discharged on Monday.
The warm reunion — much to the surprise of the officer — left him visibly emotional.
“I can’t thank you enough,” said Miami Beach Police Officer J.C. Sampedro, who is wearing a supplemental oxygen device.
The big man up there answered your prayers and came through. As he said, “My family. You guys have been amazing.” People cheered and clapped. Thank you.
A HERO IS HOME: Miami Beach Police Officer JC Samueldro, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 in July, is now home. Sampedro was admitted to the ICU for 11 weeks. He had to be placed on a ventilator and intubated. Sampedro has made a full recovery. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/FI1MPK8f3d
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) November 15, 2021
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This moment, which was captured on video and posted online, showed Sampedro being wheeled out by Broward North hospital to cheering officers and friends, as well as his family holding signs encouraging him.
A sign stated, “We missed Papa Bear,”
A pair of signs said, “Love you Dad.”
Many supportive remarks were also made on social media by the officer.
Miami Beach Police tweeted that “a hero is home” and shared a video. “After being admitted in July for COVID-19 treatment, Miami Beach Police Officer JC Sampedro has returned home. Sampedro is now on his way to full recovery.
You will feel better soon. We wish you speedy recovery! One user commented on the video, posted to the Miami Beach police department’s Account.
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One user posted, “Welcome Back Hero,” Another user said, “Continue recovering and getting strong.”
Sampedro was also a United States Marine. He was first admitted to the hospital in July. According to The Associated Press, the recovery efforts included an intubation and ventilation. Miami Beach Police DepartmentSampedro, however, is doing well enough that he can leave the hospital. Sampedro joined MBPD in 1996.