NJ man gets cochlear implant due to hearing loss from COVID-19

NJ man gets cochlear implant due to hearing loss from COVID-19


A New Jersey man who spent about three weeks on a ventilator while sickened with the coronavirus has undergone a cochlear implant at a Big Apple hospital – after joining the ranks of patients who have suffered hearing loss as a result of the illness.

Michael Goldsmith, 34, of Bergenfield, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 15 and was hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was put into a medically induced coma and treated with a variety of medicines, including hydroxychloroquine and antibiotics.

His case drew national attention when his family fought for access to remdesivir – the antiviral drug that President Trump received during his recent bout with the illness.

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When drugmaker Gilead loosened its restrictions to allow younger patients like Goldsmith to access the medication, he was too far into the illness to benefit, according to a report in Business Insider.

After finally been removed from the ventilator, the father of two young kids was

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