One Levittown man is in critical condition in the hospital as he fights to beat coronavirus. His family is asking for prayers as they are on a “crusade for a miracle.”
Curt James Eggert goes to every Pennsbury Falcons football game, home or away. He is a “die hard” Eagles fan, according to his wife Kathleen.
But at just 57 years old, Curt is one of 26 Bucks County residents in the intensive care unit due to COVID-19.
Kathy says they almost lost him this past Saturday. She received a call from Jefferson Bucks Hospital, where Curt is being treated, telling her to prepare to say goodbye.
Yet Curt pulled through. He is still on a ventilator and doctors are closely monitoring his condition.
Now, the Eggert family is taking the situation day by day.
“He’s an amazing husband, father, co-worker, and pop-pop,” said Kathy. They have two adult children, who each have two kids of their own.
Kathy Eggert says her husband likely contracted the virus on March 25th. He came into contact with someone who was sick. He began experiencing symptoms two days later.
For almost two weeks, Curt stayed quarantined in his bedroom. But he became seriously ill, experiencing shortness of breath and a fever. When a Bensalem lung clinic would not bring him in for testing, his family acquired a pulse oximeter.
Better known as a pulsox machine, the device measures oxygen levels in the bloodstream. The Eggerts got a reading and notified their doctor, who told them to call an ambulance.
On April 7th, Curt went to the hospital. His kids have not seen him since March 15th, and even Kathy has not had direct contact since Easter Sunday.
Instead, she calls the hospital everyday at 2:30 p.m. for an update. As doctors tell her, they are in a “warzone.” Treating patients takes precedent over phone calls, so each family gets one update per day.
While in the hospital, Curt has been heavily sedated. Since the close call this past weekend, his condition has improved overall. But recent heart and kidney issues are not making it any easier for him or his family.
More than anything, Kathy is asking for prayers. She does not want money or donations. Instead, she wants people to understand the severity of coronavirus.
While watching the news is too overwhelming, she has heard about protesters demanding to reopen the economy. However, she says they have no idea what it’s really like.
“You don’t know from one second to the next,” said Kathy. She is grappling with the real possibility her husband may not come home.
Curt is relatively young compared to other patients experiencing similar symptoms. Part of what may be contributing to his current condition is a previous illness.
He started feeling issues in his back around June of last year. It wasn’t until November when doctors diagnosed him with Osteomyelitis. The bone infection put him in the hospital on Thanksgiving. Since then he’s had on and off back problems, and had an MRI five weeks ago.
Yet in all of the anxiety, Kathy has found a silver lining. The support from her neighbors, other Levittown residents on social media, and the kindness of complete strangers has rekindled her love for her home town.
Since retiring two years ago, Kathy has taken up making blankets for Hannah’s Care Packages to give to kids with cancer. She also makes one blanket a month for Alzheimer’s patients.
This past Christmas, she made blankets for about nine of her neighbors based on “intuition.” Now, they are returning the favor.
People are reaching out, offering their phone numbers and even home addresses in case she needs anything. A woman Kathy had never met before sent her thermometers so she could check her temperature as she monitors whether she has coronavirus.
Kathy has declined many offers for donations, asking only for prayers for Curt.
Her message remains the same: Take the coronavirus seriously. Stay at home and save lives.