Covid patient released from Guam hospital after 221-day confinement

Matthew Quinata is being wheeled out the Guam Memorial Hospital, where was admitted for 221 days for Civid treatment. Photo courtesy of GMH

Guam Memorial Hospital staff lined the hallways, cheered, danced and cried as they celebrated the release of the hospital’s longest admitted Covid patient yesterday, Wednesday, July 7.

In a grand celebration, Matthew Quinata was released from GMH to the care of his family. His family members were overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude for the hospital staff who saved his life; dozens of hospital employees cheered on, as Quinata was wheeled out the front doors around 4 p.m.

He had been hospitalized at GMH for 221 days.

“Mr. Quinata's hospital course was life-threatening through most of his hospitalization. When he was finally able to breathe on his own, the battle for life continued. It took a multi-disciplinary team to care for him throughout his hospitalization," said Dr. Joleen M. Aguon, Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician, Covid Medical Director and Associate Administrator of Clinical Services.

Aguon said a team of different specialty doctors attended to Quinata.

"Physicians with multiple specialties, including internal medicine, an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon, general surgery, in