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Underwood librarian survives COVID, 3 week coma

Posted at 5:37 PM, Jul 30, 2020

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) — An Iowa librarian contracted COVID-19 over the summer and is now called a “Walking Miracle.”

Lori Torgerson, 52, is the librarian at Underwood Elementary School in Iowa.

She contracted COVID around Memorial Day, and was able to stay home for awhile until her condition worsened. In early June she went to CHI Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs and was put on a ventilator. She was later put in a medically induced coma for about 3 weeks.

She was able to pull through, and is still recovering.

“It has been a hard road but for me I’ve been one of the lucky ones and they keep saying I’m a ‘Walking Miracle.’ I wasn’t going to let COVID win. I have other reasons to still be alive,” Torgerson explained.

She wants to thank everyone for their love and support, and will continue on the road to recovery.

“It still makes me cry, sorry. You don’t realize what an impact you make on people,” Torgerson said.

Even though she’s COVID free, Torgerson says that she’s still pretty weak so she’s going to occupational and physical therapy so she can regain her strength and push those carts of books to students at Underwood Elementary.