MARION, Ill. (WSIL)– November 2020 was anything but a banner month for the Finnie family members.

Around 20 participants got COVID-19, though a lot of them survived. Yet two participants endured the most awful symptoms, one leading to death.

” [My] father was in Evansville [for] 10 days before he passed,” Angie Finnie claimed. Finnie’s mom made a complete recovery.

Yet Angie’s other half, Mark Finnie, was in for the fight of his life.


Angie’s papa died on November 2, days after relative apparently contracted the virus. On November 6, Angie took Mark to Herrin Medical facility when he showed extra signs.

Among my initial thoughts was that I was going to enter and also perhaps spend a day or 2 … and return home,” Mark claimed.” [I] never ever dreamed it would get like it did.”

On November 11, 5 days after being admitted into the healthcare facility, Mark collapsed. Medical professionals called Angie to inform her. By November 20, physicians told Angie that Mark’s problem had aggravated.

The family came to Angie’s residence for assistance and also to pray for Mark. Angie was wishing for Mark’s safety while also planning for the worst.

” [Mark] was fighting. He held on,” Angie claimed.


After Mark’s collapse, doctors put him with a ventilator. The next day, doctors phoned Angie to inform her that Mark’s wellness improved.

“That’s what they call the ‘COVID rollercoaster,'” Angie claimed. “You can be absolutely near the bottom, and then the next day he would rally.”

For the next 100 days, the ventilator taken a breath for Mark while he was under a coma. Mark woke up in late January 2021 not inside Herrin Health Center however at Select Specialized Health Center in Evansville, Ind.

“I still assumed it was 2020. Didn’t recognize I had actually missed Thanksgiving, Xmas, New Years,” Mark stated. “I didn’t realize it was a Brand-new Year. That was kind of a shock.”


When Mark got up in late January, the only point on his mind was returning house to see his family. Yet he knew going house would certainly have to wait.

“When I figured out the form I was in I type of overcome wishing to return and also focused a lot more on improving,” Mark said.

After losing 80 pounds in his 135-day battle with COVID-19, Mark took his time to reclaim his toughness. He’s thankful to specialists at Herrin Health center who aided look after him.

“Very first time I stood up in Evansville I represented 15 secs by myself,” Mark said. “By the time I left Herrin … I was walking over 300 feet. Everyday is progress.”

Mark states every day obtains simpler. Points like getting out of bed, obtaining clothed and eating aren’t as much of a chore any longer.

“We take a lot of points for provided in life,” Mark claimed.


Mark’s family members had not been the only resource for assistance during his COVID fight. Buddies, also strangers, sent more than 100 cards desiring him to get well.

One card from the Vesta United Methodist Church in Charleston, Ark. likewise featured a present: a petition covering. The Finnies got a second prayer covering that lay underneath the initial one.

“I obtained cards from individuals I didn’t recognize but understood me,” Mark said. “I got cards each week from people.”

MarionPrayerBlanketCOVIDSurvivor Prayer blanket sent to Mark Finnie by the Vesta United Methodist Church in Charleston, Ark.

. Angie states those small gestures powered the family members through its most difficult challenge yet.

“We could not have made it through this without our family members, close friends and neighbors, everybody praying for us,” Angie claimed.

Mark was arranged to return house on Wednesday, but physicians allowed him to go home last Friday. On Tuesday Mark obtained his very first of two COVID-19 shots.

Mark will certainly now go through outpatient rehabilitation in Herrin and also wishes to catch up on missed out on time with his family members this summertime.