David Lat, Eyeing Hospital Discharge, Talks About His Battle and Donating Blood to COVID-19 Research
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Extract from Jason Grant's article "David Lat, Eyeing Hospital Discharge, Talks About His Battle and Donating Blood to COVID-19 Research"
Thirteen days ago, David Lat lay on a stark white hospital bed in Manhattan, getting oxygen 24 hours a day because his breathing had grown so labored. And he dared not look ahead too much, he said, as he faced up to his battle with a severe COVID-19 infection.
“I don’t know that I’m getting any worse,” he said by cellphone on March 18, speaking about his illness. “And at this point,” he said, “I’ll take it.”
Lat, the founder of the legal blog Above the Law, did not know that just two days later he would be rendered unconscious by medical staff, suddenly intubated, and hooked up to a life-preserving ventilator for the next week, as he fought to survive, and as doctors administered to him novel drug therapies that they hoped would work.
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