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FDNY paramedic wakes up after a month in COVID-19 coma

Christell Cadet
Posted at 4:36 PM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 07:07:41-04

NEW YORK — An FDNY paramedic is awake and recovering from coronavirus after a month hospitalized in a coma, the FDNY EMS union said Sunday.

The union that represents Christell Cadet, 34 believes she contracted COVID-19 while working at her station house. Cadet, who has asthma, was on light duty, meaning she wasn’t physically going out on calls.

Another member of the FDNY EMS tested positive for coronavirus while working light duty. She's pregnant.

After Cadet's hospitalization, mother Jessie Cadet pushed for first responders to get the protection they need to handle the coronavirus outbreak.

"She had to be at work and that was unfortunate for her," Cadet's mother previously said. "That day she went to work and the next day she didn't make it."

Sherry Singleton, an FDNY paramedic herself, launched a GoFundMe for Cadet's medical bills. Singleton also developed COVID-19.

"She spent 28 days on life support and she is OFF LIFE SUPPORT and breathing on her own," Singleton wrote about Cadet on GoFundMe. "She is on the road to a FULL RECOVERY!!"