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Phoenix nurse back home after long battle with COVID-19

Posted at 6:28 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 01:49:20-04

GILBERT, AZ — A Phoenix critical care nurse is back home in Gilbert after a nearly two-month battle against COVID-19. She's now able to walk on her own, slowly. She still needs oxygen and a lot of physical therapy.

Jayne Most was admitted to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center on June 25. She was intubated and had to get dialysis, but didn't get better. The 49-year-old was transferred to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix where she went on ECMO for a week. The machine removes blood from the body, pumps oxygen into the blood and then pumps it back into the body, and is used as a last resort.

"I'm just grateful that I'm here and I can see my kids grow up. And I can be with my husband, who's been a saint," said Most.

Most almost died a few times at the hospital. The ECMO machine seemed to work, but then she got an infection in her blood.

"It was actually on my husband's 50th birthday that they said I may not make it."

She continued to fight. Most said the doctors and nurses at St. Joe's saved her life.

While she was in the hospital, fellow nurses, McClintock High School classmates and strangers reached to her in support and rallied around her family. Since she's been home, Most said her neighbors have been bringing her family food.

"People from all over messaged me and said 'I'm pulling for you, I'm praying for you.' It was great. I think truly that's what got me through."

She's slowly getting back to normal and enjoying the little things.

"I had pizza for the first time yesterday, which was delicious," she said, laughing.

Most hopes people stay cautious and wear masks, wash hands and social distance.

"If it saves one person, one person is worth it. Because you don't want what I had," she said.

Most said she's excited to get back to work whenever she's ready.

There has been a GoFundMe created to raise funds for Jane Most.