Evansville CRNA returns home after battling COVID-19 in New York

Evansville nurse returns home after battling COVID-19 in New York

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - We introduced back in April the story of Mary Nguyen, an Evansville native and certified registered nurse anesthetist that flew to New York to help fight against COVID-19.

While in New York, she witnessed some sad goodbyes, as well as some miraculous recoveries.

“I said, you know, I want him to leave before I do.” Nguyen said. “He’s my last COVID patient that was there for so long, and he was discharged home the day before I left.”

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However, there was one recovery that Nguyen wasn’t expecting - her own.

Mary took an antibody test revealing that she tested positive for IGG.

“Which meant that I had COVID-19 and my immune system had developed antibodies,” Nguyen said. “I was surprised that I could not pinpoint the time that I was possibly sick."

Now back in Evansville, Nguyen is continuing to help those with COVID-19 by becoming a plasma donor.

“No question at all," Nguyen said. "After what we’ve seen, if we can prevent someone from getting to that stage - absolutely.”

Alhough Nguyen is no longer on the front lines, she’s hoping to carry her patients and her co-workers in her heart.

“I really feel like those bonds will stay with me for a really long time,” Nguyen said.

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