First COVID-19 patient in Arizona to survive after ECMO machine speaks out

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Back In April, Arizona’s Family told you about the first survivor of COVID-19 after being on an ECMO machine in Arizona.

An ECMO machine is a last resort effort when a ventilator doesn’t work, and often patients don’t come off it. Now, that survivor is sharing his story for the first time after months of outpatient recovery.

Four months ago, 53-year-old Enes Dedic was in a hospital bed, expected to die from COVID-19.

“This is no joke at all. This is really no joke. It’s crazy. I kind of like …basically came back from the dead,” Enes said.

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In case you are wondering what an ECMO machine is, we included a file explaining the machine below: