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Name of Media:

I have a life: Recovery continues for north Boulder resident who spent 65 days on ventilator


Deborah Swearingen

Publisher or Source:

The Daily Camera

Type of Media:

Newspaper Article

Media Originally for:

General Public

Country of Origin:

United States of America (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:



Barbara Gould isn’t the same person she was at this time last year, when she was first hospitalized with COVID-19.

When a person spends three months in four different hospitals, everything changes.

The north Boulder resident was on a ventilator for three times as long as the average COVID-19 patient at UCHealth. She lost her hair. She had to relearn how to walk and talk. Her liver sustained untreatable damage. She’s spent months in recovery.

Her journey hasn’t been an easy one, but with the support of her family and her faith community, Gould has found her way.

“I do not recognize myself yet,” she said. “But I will.”

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