By Catherine Bares:
Frank and I had our marriage validated in the Catholic Church back in 2014. That is when we met Deacon Durr, the subject of this story. I wasn't sure what to expect when we met him for the first time. Surprisingly, both my husband and I were at complete ease with Deacon Durr. He turned out to be such a compassionate, loving, spiritual man who would have a large role in my spiritual journey.
On March 31, 2020, I read an announcement on his social media page that startled me. Deacon Durr had been hospitalized after testing positive with the COVID-19 virus. He was exposed during his work at Hospice. On account of it taking five days to receive the results from the test, the symptoms were getting worse. Of course, I was in shock and started praying for him. I can only imagine what his family was going through. I've heard many stories that paint a picture of loneliness and uncertainty when it comes to this pandemic and those affected by it.
After things settled down and I was sure that Deacon Durr was well on his way to a strong recovery, I asked him if I could interview him for my blog. I wanted to tell his story.
He said, "I think this is God knocking on our hearts to let us know it's time to get back to family."
CB: You said you were exposed to COVID-19 while working in Hospice. What symptoms were you presenting that made you decide to get tested?
DD: I started having trouble breathing and my temperature was up. I had the test performed, and it took 5 days to get the results back. It was 8 to 10 days after symptoms started before I went to the hospital. When they told me I was positive for COVID-19, they instructed me to go to the ER.
CB: Tell me about the ER visit.
DD: I went from the ER to the ICU on March 31, 2020. Once in ICU, the virus progressed quickly. I ended up with a viral and bacterial infection caused by pneumonia. They gave me the MS drug that is being used to treat COVID-19, but it didn't work. It was then when the doctors told me I would only make it if I was intubated. My son-in-law's father, Dr. Tim Finney, did some research on treatments and met with my doctors. One of which was
Dr. Frank Rabito, a specialist in infectious diseases, who made the decision on my treatment. I had 15 doctors in all. On the fourth day after the second treatment, I was completely cured. The doctors said it was a miracle.
CB: Wow, were you scared?
DD: I wasn't afraid for myself, I was afraid for my family. My Patron Saint is St. Francis of Cabrini. I held her relic and prayed. Prayers were coming from all regions of the world! The power of prayers lifted my spirit. It was a true miracle.