(CNN)The patient had been relatively fine for the first 10 days he was down with Covid-19.
Just 38, he didn’t fit the description of people at high risk of complications from the new coronavirus.
“He had mild pulmonary symptoms that he was just sitting at home with,” said Dr. Sean Wengerter, a vascular surgeon in Pomona, New York. “He had been diagnosed at an urgent care clinic and it was going fine at home. He just had a little cough.”
Until one of Covid-19’s surprising effects kicked in.
“Then he just woke up with both his legs numb and cold and so weak he couldn’t walk,” said Wengerter, who is division chief of vascular surgery at Westchester Medical Center Health’s Good Samaritan Hospital.