A Ruby Princess passenger who became infected with coronavirus has been released from hospital after a long seven months of treatment.
Richard Misior fell ill in March while on the virus-plagued cruise ship that led to the deaths of 28 people.
The 81-year-old said he thought he had the flu but then he “disappeared”.
“Later on I realised they put me into an induced coma," he told Nine News.
"Many people recover quite quickly but there are some who don't. And when you get one - a bad one - you're in big trouble."
Mr Misior spent a total of 214 days at the Gold Coast University hospital, including 77 days in intensive care.
He had to relearn how to walk after losing muscle while paralysed, Physiotherapist Andrew Shaw told the publication.
He said it was “really, really great” to see the 81-year-old heading home.
Mr Misior’s wife Helen said without the hospital’s input her husband never would have survived.
On Thursday, Queensland did not record any new Covid-19 cases but authorities mulled over what to do with the infected crew of a cargo ship off the state's coast amid fears they could carry a mystery strain.
Two crew members aboard the MV Sofrana Surville have been diagnosed with coronavirus, Deputy Premier Steven Miles confirmed.
The freighter was blocked from docking in Brisbane after New Zealand authorities alerted Australian officials the vessel's crew could be infected with a new strain of the virus.
It's currently anchored off Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast with all 19 crew members tested for the virus on Wednesday.
"There's a meeting under way at the moment to determine if they will be evacuated to a hospital on the mainland and which hospital that will be," Dr Miles said.
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