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April 16, 2021

3/23/2021 9:45:00 AM
Avoca woman receives surprise car parade after four month COVID-19 hospitalization
After a lengthy hospitalization from fighting the COVID-19 virus, and being away from her family, an Avoca woman is back home.
This past Saturday, Avoca woman Deb Yanske received a surprise welcome home car parade after returning home on Friday.
Yanske's battle with COVID-19 started on October 18, when she recalled struggling to breathe. Difficulty in breathing led to an ambulance ride to Richland Center, where she learned that she had tested positive from COVID-19. She was then transferred to UW-Madison.
"I remember most of the ride there, but I can't remember what happened after I got there," Yanske said.
Four days after being at the hospital, she was put on a ventilator that stayed on for the next 26 days.
Yanske's husband Terry said that it was very rough for the family since they were not able to be there for her.
"Deb and I have been married for 46 years and it was the first time that she's been in a hospital where we weren't able to go see her," Terry said. "That was the hardest part."
However the Yanske's felt the doctors and staff were wonderful to work with during their journey.
"If we had questions, we could always call and get an update on her," Terry said.
Sherry Krause, Terry and Deb's oldest of three daughters, (other daughters are Kim Walker and Samantha Wey) said that Yanske had a kidney transplant 19 years ago, which made her chances of surviving COVID-19 smaller.
Krause also mentioned that her mother didn't remember much at the hospital, when she had been on the ventilator.
"In a lot of ways it was a good thing," Krause said. "After she got better, she felt terrible for us for what we went through. It was about three weeks that we thought we were going to lose her."
However, things made a turn for the better. The day before Thanksgiving (November 25), Yanske was transferred to Select Specialty Hospital in Madison. The impact of COVID-19 left Yanske with not being able to use her arms or legs, due to muscle atrophy.
It was then on January 5, when she transferred to Pine Valley Community Village in Richland Center to continue her strengthening and rehabilitation.
It was at Pine Valley where her family was finally able to visit her due to COVID-19 restrictions. Visits first took place through her window. In person visits took place once Terry and Deb were vaccinated.
"At first I felt so bad sitting in my warm chair while they were standing outside with teeth chattering," Yanske said.
"Our youngest daughter Samantha came with her family from Sheboygan and they made a snowman outside her window," Terry said.
It was this past Friday that Yanske was finally able to come back home. Her family had planned a celebration the following day where approximately 100 cars drove by wishing the Yanske family well wishes.
"She had no idea we were doing this," Krause said.
"I had no idea," Yanske laughed. "The Facebook comments I received, the parade, and the flowers left for me had me so overwhelmed. I can't even say how wonderful it has been to know that all these people cared enough to show up and to send their well wishes and prayers my way."

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