Debbie Dionne

Debbie Dionne is a survivor.

Feeling unwell, Debbie went to the hospital. She tested positive for COVID-19 and was immediately admitted. For nearly a month, Debbie required the use of a ventilator to breathe. The virus took a heavy toll on Debbie, leaving her in need of rehabilitation.

Debbie chose Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital to help her regain her strength and independence. When she arrived, Debbie could not walk or even stand. Her muscles were so weak she required a mechanical lift to transfer from her bed. Over the next month, Debbie and the staff at Gateway worked hard on her rehabilitation.

The progress Debbie made was incredible, and she credits the staff for their role in her recovery.

“Melissa was amazing,” Debbie said of her nurse. “She went above and beyond for me. She made a huge difference.” Debbie also credits her therapists, Melissa and Merrideth, for helping her a lot. “Tonya [in Environmental Services] would come in my room just to see if I needed anything and talk with me,” she added.

Now at home, Debbie is doing great and “taking one day at a time.” She is continuing her therapy at home and is getting stronger each day. Debbie remains in great spirits, laughing and joking about her celebrity status. When she discharged home from Gateway, Debbie was welcomed with a parade and featured on the local news, wearing the “I Survived COVID” t-shirt her husband had made.