Kenneth Tyson

Kenneth Tyson, age 56, lives with his fiancé and their two dogs, which they adore. When he tested positive for COIVD-19, Kenneth had to put his life on hold while he dealt with complications.

Kenneth was first admitted to a short-term acute care hospital where he suffered respiratory failure. His condition required intubation, and ultimately, a trach and PEG tube for nutrition. He was transferred to Vibra Hospitals of Southeastern Michigan – DMC Campus to continue his recovery.

When he first arrived at Vibra, Kenneth was on a ventilator with a trach, a PEG tube for nutrition, and IV antibiotics for an infection. He was also diagnosed with metabolic encephalopathy causing him extreme confusion. Even with all these setbacks, Kenneth persevered. He worked hard with his interdisciplinary team made up of respiratory therapists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, and physicians.

Though it wasn’t easy, Kenneth’s hard work paid off with progress.

After two-and-a-half months, Kenneth was successfully liberated from the vent and was decannulated, breathing on his own. His PEG tube was removed and the metabolic encephalopathy cleared up so he was able to start eating on his own.

Having lost several loved ones to COVID-19, Kenneth was determined to overcome the virus and get back to better. He is anxious to return home to his fiancé and looks forward to being able to take care of his mother once again.