Coronavirus Florida: Watch Sarasota Memorial staff sing ‘Country Roads’ to recovered patientHerald Tribune
By Michael Moore Jr.
April 24, 2020
Recovering from the coronavirus can be a long and difficult road.
Just ask longtime pediatrician and Navy veteran Steve Hefler, who has been fighting for his life for 25 days in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s COVID-19 critical care unit. Except you can’t ask him — because he, like all COVID-19 patients, is quarantined.
But the isolation caused by quarantine can be a difficult reality for many patients and their families to cope with, which is why Hefler’s son, Jonathan, set up a GoFundMe page for cell phone chargers that are “desperately needed in every hospital.”
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After fighting for his life for 25 days in Sarasota Memorial’s COVID-19 critical care unit, longtime pediatrician and Navy veteran Steve Hefler is on the road to recovery. #TeamSMH celebrated "Dr. Steve" and his transition to a step-down unit this afternoon, singing his favorite song — “Country Roads” by John Denver — while his family joined in via FaceTime.