Moriah Lee made a miraculous recovery from COVID-19 after teetering on the brink of death for months in ICU. She thanks God and church parishioners, testifying that her recovery was only by the power of God through members’ prayers. She was finally wheeled to a rehabilitation center today after receiving life-saving treatment from a hospital in Berlin, Germany. Doctors and nurses were tearful as they sent Moriah off after a joyous victory.
Moriah contracted the virus while still in the late stages of her pregnancy and gave birth to her second son on March 9. To prevent cross-infection, the newborn baby was quickly whisked away shortly after birth where he was placed in isolation. However, the new mother’s condition suddenly deteriorated rapidly, her body unable to fight the deadly virus. Her husband Pier Paolo was told to prepare for the worst as her lungs failed. She was rushed to intensive care, induced in a coma and ventilated on March 18.
Despite a week of ventilation treament, her lungs failed to respond and continued to weaken as she suffered from severe respiratory failure. She was transported to Charité hospital in Berlin where she was swiftly placed on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a machine that pumps and oxygenates blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest.
Fellow church parishioners rallied prayer support, fasting and praying around the clock for her recovery while she remained in a coma. She opened her eyes on April 14 but was too weak to speak or breathe on her own, requiring prolonged ECMO.
Moriah was finally weaned off of ECMO on May 12, after 48 days of treatment in critical condition. Since then she has slowly learned to breathe on her own with oxygen support.
On May 22, Moriah was finally reunited with her newborn son and was able to hold him for the first time in 75 days.
Now, no longer critical, her recovery will continue as she is moved on from the ICU to the rehabilitation clinic. The worst has seemingly passed.
Throughout the months of treatment in the ICU, 77 days to be precise, doctors and nurses have called her “a star in the unit” and a “miracle.”
“I told the doctors that my friends prayed for my recovery and for the doctors treating me, and they testified that the prayers were successful,” said Moriah.
“I feel I was in a dark and deep valley but finally came out of there by the power of God through your prayer,” Lee said in a statement to her church parishioners. “I was shocked when I found out so many church members and even people I do not know prayed for me. I cried because I felt with my whole heart that I’m alive by your prayers.”
She continued: “Today I’m here by the grace of our Lord and I feel I’m built again newly not by myself but by others’ love and prayers. Thank you very much for your prayers. Your prayers worked for me. Please continue to pray for my full recovery.”