Long Island man battles COVID-19 for 108 days, breaks hospital record

Posted at 7:40 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 19:40:41-04

LONG ISLAND — A Long Island man beat the odds against COVID-19, and broke a hospital record with the longest stay at a Long Island hospital — a total of 108 days.

Hafeez Rehman, 43, was placed on a ventilator three times during his three month ordeal at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Pratima Rehman, his sister-in-law, said he never gave up, and it was the support of the medical community that was key to getting him through the tough times.

“Without them, I don’t know what would have happened," she said. "We are so excited, we want to thank everyone of the doctors and nurses."

Another source of strength for her brother-in-law, she said, was his yearning to go back home to his two daughters.

Hafeez Rehman is technically not going home just yet. He's now at a Uniondale rehabilitation facility.

The first things he can’t wait to do: spend time with his family, enjoy a home cooked meal, and drink a soda, he said.