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.
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