Kym Watkins was placed in intensive care after contracting COVID-19. On Thursday, she left hospital to the applause of the staff who helped save her life.
Kym Watkins was placed in intensive care after contracting COVID-19. On Thursday, she left hospital to the applause of the staff who helped save her life.

QLD’s first critically ill COVID-19 patient leaves hospital

QUEENSLAND'S first critically ill coronavirus patient has been released from hospital to the applause of doctors and nurses.

Retired police officer Kym Watkins was placed in intensive care in Gold Coast University Hospital last month after contracting the virus while on a holiday to COVID-19 hotspot New York with husband Grant.

Kym Watkins leaves the hospital in a wheelchair.
Kym Watkins leaves the hospital in a wheelchair.

Mr Watkins also caught the virus but experienced only mild symptoms, however his wife became seriously ill and was placed on a ventilator.

She was released from hospital on Thursday to the applause of medical staff.

"You can't see how big I'm smiling under this mask," she said as she was wheeled out of the hospital ward.

"Thankyou for saving my life! I'm so grateful to the amazing people at Gold Coast University Hospital - everyone from the doctors and nurses to the people who meticulously clean the ward are incredible at their jobs."

There have been almost 180 coronavirus cases on the Gold Coast, including Hollywood star Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson who were admitted to the university hospital last month with mild symptoms, before being released.

No COVID-19 deaths have been recorded on the Gold Coast.

Originally published as QLD's first critically ill COVID-19 patient leaves hospital


CATCH UP: Eight stories you may have missed this week

premium_icon CATCH UP: Eight stories you may have missed this week

Take a look back over some of the stories from the Chinchilla district this...

Rescue helicopter tasked for a vehicle rollover in Tara

premium_icon Rescue helicopter tasked for a vehicle rollover in Tara

UPDATE: A rescue helicopter has been called to the site where a man in his 60s was...

VOLUNTEER WEEK: Finding fur babies their forever homes

premium_icon VOLUNTEER WEEK: Finding fur babies their forever homes

Jen Adbi has been volunteering with the Best Friend Fur Ever Rescue Inc. in Tara...