Hastings College dad recovers from COVID-19

Published: Apr. 24, 2020 at 6:44 PM CDT
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As COVID-19 cases continue to grow around the world, so do the amount of people who are recovering. A number which includes Martin Panter, the dad of Hastings College soccer player, David Panter.

Martin Panter is a husband and the father of four children. It was only a few weeks ago when he was in the ICU after testing positive for the coronavirus.

"You don't really think that it's going to hit you and then somebody says to you, you've got it and we're putting you into the ICU," Panter said. "You're like hang on a minute. I'm actually, apart from the temperature, I'm not aching. I don't feel drowsy. I felt sort of regular and you're sending me into ICU. I was shocked."

After a week in the hospital, doctors released Panter, and that was when he realized how sick he was.

"I had to physically hang onto the banister to go down the stairs. Then I walk through to the kitchen and then I walked outside and I was out of breath. That's when I realized just how ill I had been," Panter said.

When Panter was in the hospital his son, David and the Hastings College men's soccer team were busy creating support videos to show Panter when he got out of the hospital.

"It was overwhelming and it still is. I can feel myself choking up here and it was absolutely massive," Panter said. "The thing that they put together for me was absolutely fantastic. You know I can't say thank you enough."

"I've never seen a team or been with a team that is as close as we are," David Panter said. "People that we've only met once, generally caring and generally wanted him to get better. It was overwhelming for me just as much as my dad."

Now, Panter is back home with his wife and kids, and apart from feeling fatigued, he is doing fine.

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