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Berea sportswriter's mother suffers setback during her COVID-19 recovery

Posted at 6:07 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 20:31:11-04

BEREA, Ky. (LEX 18) — Just a few short weeks ago, Berea Sportswriter Keith Taylor and his family were overjoyed thinking that Taylor's mother, 68-year-old Donna Reed, had won her battle with COVID-19 when she was being released from the hospital.

"We thought she was recovered after getting released in Berea and then a couple of days later I talked to her on the phone she was continuing to have difficulty breathing," says Taylor.

Taylor instinctively knew something wasn't right so on September 13. She went back to the hospital and was admitted to Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington and put on a ventilator.

"My mom's a little feisty. She didn't like the CPAP machine, she kept fighting off the CPAP so they wanted her to be more relaxed so they sedated her and put her on the ventilator and she is showing signs of improvement."

While Taylor is hopeful his mother will make a full recovery, it's still been challenging, especially not being able to visit her in person, but he says this entire experience has made him more appreciative of everyday simple pleasures and not to take anything for granted.

"The biggest thing is having patience, I am not a patient person sometimes but this has taught me patience, it takes a lot of patience to get through this COVID experience with a family member especially someone you love so much."