(Editor’s note – Just prior to today’s “The Local Skinny!” our “TownTalk” program covered “Covid and Your Heart” with an interventional cardiologist. The fight against covid for two local families was mentioned on air as well. Avoiding all fanfare and promotion, we tell you today’s guest is Heather Johnson Montgomery. You will hear her voice after a pair of callers phone in to the show. Also, there is a script below written from Heather speaking about her husband Brent.)
Heather Johnson Montgomery reads every single comment, post and email that comes her way. That she cannot possibly respond to all of them is an indication of the sheer volume of prayers, well wishes and support she and her family continue to receive as her husband, Brent Montgomery, battles COVID-19 at UNC Medical Center.
Montgomery, a NC Highway Patrol trooper, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early February. He has been in ICU for 11 days and his wife updated his condition Monday on WIZS’s The Local Skinny.
Brent had been on 80 percent oxygen, she noted, and a chest X-ray looked a little worse, “so they started taking some fluid off of him and he’s responded well,” Heather told John C. Rose. The hope today is to continue to wean him from some of the medicines and from ECMO, a treatment that basically performs the job of the lungs and/or heart. ECMO stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; the heart-lung machine gives the organs a chance to rest and heal when patients are extremely ill.
“I really believe that he is going to make it home to us,” Heather said, adding that the support the family has received from the community has been, well, a Godsend.
“All you hear is bad things about Henderson,” Heather continued. “But this community has really stood up for my husband and my family. I just can’t express the thanks that we feel and the love we feel and the support we’ve had from our community,” she said.
Prayers continue to pour in “from all over the world,” Heather said, from “people I don’t even know.” She said that, before he was intubated in the hospital, Brent told her to pray for the others sick in the ICU who couldn’t have their loved ones near.
“I have to know that God is in control, and he is going to find a way when I feel like there’s no way” she said. “Somehow, God has given me the strength to push through,” she said. “I don’t want people’s faith to waver.”