It has been a long road for former Maryland Terrapins offensive lineman Ellis McKennie, his father and his family, but it is finally over.
McKennie's father, also named Ellis, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23. On Monday, after nearly a month in the hospital and slipping into a coma for over two weeks, he was finally released.
This is hope. Hope that with tireless work from medical professsionals, support and positivity from loved ones, and a prayer ARMY, that this disease can be beaten. After close to a month in the hospital, 2 1/2 weeks in a coma, my dad has been released. GOD IS GOOD! STAY POSITIVE! pic.twitter.com/gC2GUSQBg7— Ellis McKennie (@ellismckennie) April 13, 2020
McKinney has documented his father's battle with the coronavirus throughout on Twitter, giving an inside look to those fortunate enough to stay healthy at how devastating and difficult a virus it is to battle.
Please pray for my father. He tested positive for covid-19 this morning. He was diagnosed with pneumonia last week but it got worse. Luckily I haven’t been around him but my mom and sister are in quarantine while he is in the hospital. All we can do is stay positive and pray🙏🏽— Ellis McKennie (@ellismckennie) March 23, 2020
My mom got a chance to talk to my dad this morning. He is still in a state of coma but hopefully some of what she was saying over the phone got through. She assured him of everyone praying for him and that he is not alone! He will keep fighting. STAY POSITIVE!❤️— Ellis McKennie (@ellismckennie) March 28, 2020
Because of their tireless work we are going to make it through this. Prayers to them and their families as well. He is still fighting! STAY POSITIVE! ❤️— Ellis McKennie (@ellismckennie) March 28, 2020
Update: Today they removed the ventilator and my dad began breathing on his own for the first time in weeks! My mom even got to speak to him for the first time in 21 days and he said, “I love you, I am ok.” He’s not quite out of the woods but it appears the hard part is behind us— Ellis McKennie (@ellismckennie) April 6, 2020
One hell of a welcoming team when he moved out of ICU into a normal room and could look out the window! pic.twitter.com/LG1FhhY2mr— Ellis McKennie (@ellismckennie) April 8, 2020
Throughout the ordeal, Terps Nation has been there supporting the McKinnies.
McKinnie was an offensive lineman for the Terps from 2015 through 2019.
The saga of the McKennie family is a good reminder that regardless of who you are, the coronavirus can affect you and your loved ones. More importantly, it is also a good reminder that it can be beaten.