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After An 80-Day Bout With The Coronavirus, This Grandview Man Is Finally Back Home

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Shakell Avery, pictured center with his fiance and son, survived an extensive battle with COVID-19.

He had no known preexisting conditions and is much younger than the stereotypical COVID-19 patient, but Shakell Avery still spent more than two months fighting the virus.

Despite lapsing into a coma and being put on a ventilator, Avery has recovered and returned home to his fiance and 2-year-old son.

  • Shakell Avery, Grandview, Missouri, resident and COVID-19 survivor

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