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After thousands #EncourageEsther in her fight against COVID-19, health officials say she’s in recovery

Methodist Hospital nurses made a TikTok video that went viral to boost Esther’s courage

After thousands #EncouragedEsther in her battle against COVID-19 over the course of the last month, her team at Methodist Hospital says Esther is now officially in recovery.
After thousands #EncouragedEsther in her battle against COVID-19 over the course of the last month, her team at Methodist Hospital says Esther is now officially in recovery. (Methodist Hospital)

SAN ANTONIO – After thousands #EncouragedEsther in her battle against COVID-19 over the last month, her team at Methodist Hospital says Esther is now officially in recovery.

Esther, 37, battled the virus for eight weeks and was in critical condition when she first arrived, according to her Methodist care team. She was put on a ventilator and endured “rigorous treatment” through her course of the virus.

However, officials said Esther was recently removed from life support and is now undergoing rehab at Methodist Hospital | Texsan.

During Esther’s fight against COVID-19, her nursing team at Methodist made a TikTok video to help restore her willpower and give her some encouragement. Nurses were seen in the video dancing to BTS, Esther’s favorite band, which is a boy band from South Korea.

Methodist officials said after seeing the success of the video, the support that was received for Esther ignited “a spark in her eyes and glow in her heart they hadn’t seen from her in weeks.”

In the video below, Esther expressed her gratitude for everyone who sent prayers and support while she battled COVID-19.

#EncourageEsther

Remember Esther? She has spent the last eight weeks fighting for her life after testing positive for COVID-19. Having lost hope and the motivation to keep fighting, her care team recognized a decline in her health. They decided to create a video dancing to her favorite Korean boy band, BTS in hopes it may get their attention. Rather, the video went viral, attracting the attention of concerned fans from all over the world. Thousands of inspiring messages and comments were sent to help #EncourageEsther back to health. Her nurses hung some of the comments in her room to share some positivity and help restore her will to fight. Esther's care team said the overwhelming support given to her from all over the globe helped rejuvenate her spirits. There was a spark in her eyes and glow in her heart they haven't seen from her in weeks. Esther began responding well to treatment and even got up to walk. Her progress continued and she was able to be removed from life support. We're excited to share that Esther beat COVID-19 and left for rehab! We cannot thank our amazing community enough for the love and support shared with Esther while she fought for her life. Her nurses are overwhelmed with gratitude and mentioned how the support from social media truly gave her the strength to survive. Check out the video to hear Esther's message of appreciation to everyone. #carelikefamily Bangtan.official Some Good News HCA HealthcareHealthcare

Posted by Methodist Hospital on Thursday, June 4, 2020

“We cannot thank our amazing community enough for the love and support shared with Esther while she fought for her life. Her nurses are overwhelmed with gratitude and attributed Esther’s survivorship to the support from social media that gave her strength,” Esther’s Methodist care team said in a statement.

The TikTok video has been shared on Facebook and has been viewed over 50,000 times and counting.

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