Patient leaves Encompass Health of Largo after six months in hospital battling organ failure and COVID

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After more than six months in the hospital recovering from organ failure and COVID,  Shereman Davis recently left Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo to return home to her three children. In September 2021, she began having kidney function issues and was put on dialysis. On Christmas Eve, her condition took a turn for the worse, and she was admitted to HCA Florida Largo Hospital. She arrived at the hospital unable to breath and awoke days later with a trach in her neck. Her condition continued to worsen, and she eventually began experience multi-symptom organ failure, including cardiogenic shock. Days before her doctors planned to put in a Left Ventricular Assistive Device (LVAD) as a bridge to heart transplant, she came down with COVID. After recovering from the virus, they were able to complete her LVAD surgery, and she spent weeks in the hospital recovering.

She left HCA Florida Largo Hospital just two weeks ago to begin her rehabilitation at Encompass Health of Largo. Since December, she’s learned to walk again, to talk again, and relearned how to complete small daily living tasks. Her team at Encompass Health of Largo shares that she’s made incredible progress and has been an inspiration to every staff member who has worked with her. Encompass Health of Largo is the only inpatient rehabilitation hospital in the area able to provide the complex care needed for LVAD patients, and the team continues to work closely with the team at HCA Florida Largo Hospital to address her needs. She is now able to walk with the assistance of a walker and was thrilled to leave the hospital to return home to her three children. She says is humbled by the care she has received and the realization that life is very fragile. Learn more about her story on ABC Action News: