Plano Fire Chief Leaves Hospital After 16 Day Battle With Covid

Plano Fire Chief Sam Greif goes home after his brutal battle with Covid-19 according to a CBS 21 DFW article from January 18th. In it they say:

“He’s battled raging fires and overseen daring rescues.

But nothing prepared Sam Greif for what he went through over the last 16 days in a Plano hospital.

Chief Greif was discharged from Medical City Plano on Monday, Jan. 18, thanks for the lifesaving work of doctors and nurses.

The staff at Medical City Plano and Plano firefighters lined up to celebrate Sam Greif as he was wheeled out.

Doctors said Greif’s survival was in serious question when he checked in more than two weeks ago.”

Weeks ago, shortly after he checked in, Greif went viral for his hospital-bed testimony of the seriousness of the disease according to a WFAA 8 article from January 13th. In it they say:

Plano Fire Chief Sam Greif spoke from his hospital bed Tuesday as he fights COVID-19 to thank members of the community for their support but to also urge everyone who can to get the vaccine. 

Greif has no underlying medical conditions and was taking all the precautions to prevent it, but said he still ‘went downhill really fast’ by the time he got to the hospital on Jan. 3.

He said he can hear the activity in the hospital of other COVID-19 patients. Two of his friends recently died of COVID-19, Greif said. The side effects of the vaccine are minimal compared to what the disease can do to you, he said.”

After watching two friends succumb to the disease, and then catching it himself, it must be an enormous relief to Greif and his family that he’s being sent home.

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