Frankie's Covid Fight

On January 29th Frankie tested positive for COVID19. Two weeks later on February 8th he was rushed to the hospital with 104.6 fever and oxygen levels plummeting to the 60s. Upon arrival the medical staff had advised he had viral pneumonia due to the virus. This virus has no cure and therefore antibiotics were not helping, and there was nothing they could do to stop the effects of the pneumonia. His lungs and airways were so inflamed that not even air could seep through. After 2 days in the hospital, he was switched from a regular oxygen machine to a bypass oxygen machine, forcing more oxygen into his body. Eating and drinking became a struggle because he couldn’t breathe. On Valentine’s Day his oxygen levels had once again plummeted and he was intubated. Even on a ventilator, his oxygen levels were still dangerously low. Medical staff at that time advised putting him on an ECMO machine. This machine does the job of the heart and lungs, putting oxygen into the blood and back into the body. The medical team advised that the ECMO machine with his only chance of survival. He would not make it without it. On February 17th he was airlifted to another hospital in Pennsylvania. This was the closest hospital with the resources needed that could take him immediately. Time was of the essence. Two days later he underwent surgery to attach the ECMO machine to his main artery. The next 5 1/2 weeks were filled with many ups and many downs. He underwent a tracheotomy, removing the breathing tube from his throat, and 3 more visits to the OR after that. His last visit to the OR on March 22nd he experienced cardiac arrest. After 2 to 4 minutes of CPR he was brought back to us. At this time he was still on 100% capacity in settings for both the ECMO machine and ventilator. As the days went on he suddenly took a turn for the worse on Sunday, March 28th. He had been put on and taken off of a dialysis machine to assist his kidneys. However, his liver began to shut down. Two days later on March 30th, Frankie’s heart stopped and he left us here to walk with the angels above. He will always be remembered as being an amazing father and husband, boss, business owner, brother, son, and friend. He was a bright light in this dark world. Frankie was truly an incredible human being with so much love and life within him. He was my angel, my Prince Charming, my everything. My one true love - my soulmate. My heart and soul are broken. I anxiously await the day that we can be together again. Forever loved and forever missed ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Carolyn Volpe Santos 
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Jupiter, FL
Jocelyn Volpe 
Beneficiary
Nicole Santos 
Team member
Raised $310 from 4 donations
Leonora Morales  
Team member
Raised $300 from 4 donations
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