Thomas had transferred to the Mount Sinai ICU from a hospital in Long Island at the end of March after his condition had started to deteriorate due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. Thus his family reached out to Varghese to see if they could help him.
"Transporting him was a high-risk venture because he was on maximal oxygen support," said Varghese. "He came over, thankfully safe and sound, to our intensive care unit."
The ICU team nonetheless struggled to help the ailing pastor.
On the night of April 19, the pastor seemed like he would be unlikely to be able to recover. Varghese, who was on call that day, decided to ask for divine intervention. Both he and his medical team prayed for their patient to recover, and it worked; the pastor turned a corner.
That night, as Varghese was studying Thomas's case, a few ideas came to his mind, and he decided to implement them. After that night, Thomas started to make progress, according to the doctor. Although it was very slow, it was steady, as his lungs were "ravaged" by the Covid-19 virus.
By the middle of May, the medical staff who were taking care of Thomas started to see progress and some hope.
Thomas woke up, although at first, he had no concept of the time he had spent in a coma. Slowly but surely, his condition improved.
Alluding to Thomas's hopeful progress, Mount Sinai Chaplain Rocky Walker said, “We can’t understand and explain what happened to the others, but we do know what happened here, and we’re so thankful."
Meanwhile, as Thomas had come out of a coma, Varghese helped the pastor reconnect with his church by facilitating a Zoom call to the Queens Church of God's Sunday service. Thomas was then discharged and returned to his home in Long Island on July 2.
Thomas reported excellent progress from home. While confined to his house until his strength returns, the pastor said he was feeling a little better every single day.
"I know some people do not want to wear masks and don't want to keep social distancing," Thomas added, imploring others to take the virus seriously. "You don't want to go what I went through."