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Jack Allard is home.
The former lacrosse star and graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, who spent more than three weeks in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator in two different hospital intensive care units, has been released.
That was the word Friday morning on the Bates men’s lacrosse Twitter page.
InsideLacrosse.com posted a Twitter video of Allard leaving the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Thursday. Sporting a Bates lacrosse sweatshirt and receiving applause from hospital doctors and staff, he walks through the doors and into the arms of his parents, Genny and Andy Allard.
During the coronavirus pandemic, visitors are not allowed in many hospitals across the country to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Allard’s battle against COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, came to light after his mother complained about the family’s inability to put him on a regimen of the experimental drug Remdesivir, which is believed to have benefits for COVID-19 patients.
The 26-year-old from Metuchen, New Jersey, who twice earned All-American honorable mention playing for the Bates lacrosse team, became ill on March 13 and was hospitalized three days later at JFK Hospital in Edison, New Jersey.
Genny Allard at the time reported that Jack was in good health and did not have any known medical conditions that might have made him more susceptible to COVID-19.
Allard’s situation was complicated by the fact that his initial test for COVID-19 was misplaced by the laboratory that received his sample. It took another five days for his diagnosis to be confirmed.
Allard was admitted to JFK Hospital on March 16 and within a week was placed in a medically induced coma and placed on a ventilator in critical condition. He subsequently was airlifted to the hospital at the University of Philadelphia, where family members said he began undergoing intensive drug therapy.
Allard remained there until Thursday. He had shown considerable improvement during the past week as he was weaned off the ventilator and began receiving some therapy.
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