John Cronin returned to Huntington Hospital Tuesday bearing packages of his themed socks, to thank workers for their care when he developed Covid-19 in December.
Cronin, who has Down Syndrome, fell sick on Christmas Day, and went to the hospital with his oxygen levels low, struggling to breathe and suffering pneumonia. He spent the next week in the hospital, accompanied by his father, Mark.
““We particularly want to recognize and thank Huntington Hospital for their compassionate care in allowing me to stay with John during his hospital stay,” Mark Cronin said. “Huntington’s compassionate care showed with their willingness to allow a support person to stay with a patient with an intellectual disability. It demonstrates the human side of medical treatment that we urge all hospitals to follow.”
Accompanied by two of the many people who cared for him, nurse manager Tricia Coffey and Dr. John Anderson, a critical care physician, the Cronins handed out 120 pairs of “Healthcare Super Hero” socks produced by the Cronin company, John’s Crazy Socks and bags of Skittles to a line of hospital workers.
Anderson said, “The first couple of days were really scary because he couldn’t breathe,” but said his patient responded quickly to a variety of treatments.
Coffey said her patient “was a ray of sunshine” despite his illness.