Jacqueline Sarasin

Jacqueline Sarasin lives with her sister, Marsha, and their two small dogs. At age 69, she has spent her life caring for others. She worked as an RN for several years and before COVID-19, was a caretaker to a 96-year-old-lady.

Jacqueline’s role as caretaker was reversed after experiencing complications from COVID-19 and pneumonia. She was admitted to a short-term acute care hospital where she was intubated and placed on a ventilator. She was then transferred to Vibra Hospital of Southeastern Michigan – DMC Campus. Upon arrival, she required a ventilator, tracheostomy, and PEG tube for nutrition.

Despite all the obstacles she was facing, Jacqueline worked hard with the nursing, respiratory, dietary, and physical and occupational therapy staff. She maintained a positive attitude and started to see results. Jacqueline was liberated from the ventilator, decannulated, and her PEG tube was removed, allowing her to start a regular diet.

After a month at Vibra, Jacqueline got to celebrate her progress along with her 70th birthday. She advanced enough to be transferred to inpatient rehabilitation and is determined to regain her strength so she can get home to her “fur babies.”