In life, it has been said that we are always given second chances to beat any obstacle we are going through. With life being so unpredictable, you never know what lies ahead. What happens when life gives you a second chance at a place you have been before. A place where you fought for your life at an early age, only to be brought back again for a different illness? This is the story for one Long Island man and his second chance at life.
This year Long Island native, Adam Lilling, would turn 40 years old. Like many others celebrating birthdays, this year’s celebration may have been different from the years before due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the entire world. However, for Lilling, this year it would be extremely different, making it one birthday he will probably remember for the rest of his life. In the days leading up to his special day, Lilling says he began coughing, and feeling weaker as the days went on. He says he could barely walk a couple of steps before having a coughing fit. It was then on Lilling’s 40th birthday, March 22nd that he would be admitted to the hospital being diagnosed with COVID-19.
While this diagnosis was new to Lilling, his environment was not, being he was born at NorthShore University Hospital. As a young infant, Lilling was born with issues in his pancreas with doctors having to perform experimental surgery to save his life. Little did anyone know; this would not be the last time the hospital saved his life with Lilling returning 40 years later.
While battling COVID-19 in the hospital, Lilling participated in a clinical trial called the Feinstein Institute Coronavirus clinical trial which studied treatments using Regeneron and Kevzara drugs. After 6 days of being on the treatment, Lilling says he felt significantly better, and was able to go home where he would quarantine for a week.
“I am eternally grateful to everyone at Northwell, all the doctors, all the nurses” said Lilling. With the hospital giving Lilling a second chance at life, he knew he wanted to give back in a major way. On Northwell’s community fundraising website, Lilling was able to raise over $10,000 for medical supplies and PPE for Northwell healthcare workers to show his appreciation.
Lilling says he feels like the “luckiest guy in the world. I really love my family and I have a lot more living to do.” Lilling’s story is a testament showing that in life we are given second chances for a reason, and to always give back whenever we can. We never know where life may take us or bring us back to.