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Waltham Postal Worker Discharged After Month In Hospital With Coronavirus

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – After more than a month in the hospital with coronavirus, a 20-year veteran of the United States Postal Service is finally heading home.

Bob Johnson, 40, of Waltham, was released Monday morning from Spaulding Outpatient Center in Cambridge after spending the last two weeks in their COVID-19 recovery unit.

"He was just very debilitated. This episode just really wiped him out. He required the care of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and the entire medical team just kind of helping him in every discipline coming together," said Spaulding Dr. Cynthia Barboza.

Bob Johnson receives a sendoff as he is discharged from rehab following a month of treatment with coronavirus. (WBZ-TV)

The husband and father was originally admitted to Newton-Wellesley Hospital on March 31. He was placed on a ventilator with low oxygen levels.

Johnson received a warm sendoff from staff members at the hospital as he left the facility.

"I just want to say thank you to all the doctors and nurses at Newton-Wellesley for keeping me alive and taking care of me," said Johnson. "And a special thank you to Cambridge-Spaulding here, all the nurses and therapists who took good care of me and got me on my feet, got some of my strength back. I can't thank you all enough. You're all heroes. Thank you."

His wife Nicole said, "I just want to say thank you, that's all. Just thank you. He's here, he's with us again and we're glad to have him home."

The Johnsons were greeted by a massive car parade of friends when they got home.

Bob will return to his job in a few weeks.

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