A North Chicago man, who runs a local food pantry with his wife, has been released from the hospital after battling COVID-19 for nine months. A fundraiser has been started to help with his medical and living expenses.
Kelvin Jordan was released from the hospital on August 28 following a grueling battle with COVID.
During his nine-month hospital stay, he was in a coma for three months and on a ventilator. He underwent three blood transfusions and could not eat on his own for almost eight months.
Jordan’s wife, Jacqueline Johnson-Jordan, said her husband was moved to three different hospitals as he fought for his life while battling the virus.
The North Chicago police and fire departments along with community members escorted Jordan home last weekend.
“He was surprised. He was shocked at how much love was shown,” Johnson-Jordan told NBC 5 Chicago. “The police, the fire department, the ambulances. People of our church community and our friends came out and celebrated.”
Johnson-Jordan said she and her husband have run a local food bank in North Chicago for over 16 years volunteering their time and money to help feed the community and the homeless.
Jordan contracted COVID-19 while working at the food pantry. “Kelvin has dedicated his life to helping others so you can only imagine how hard this unfortunate situation has been on our family,” Johnson-Jordan said.
“I’ve been by his side every step of the way praying and advocating for him to ensure that he is getting the best medical care possible. Kelvin has a long road ahead as he recovers,” she said.
Jordan is having to learn how to walk again. “We are in continuous need of services as he recovers from this deadly disease,” Johnson-Jordan said.
A GoFundMe has raised almost $2,000 with a goal of $10,000 to go towards the couple’s expenses.