NYPD Deputy Chief John Miller never wanted to go to the hospital when he first started showing coronavirus symptoms — but “my wife kind of told on me,” he said in a Tuesday interview.
Miller, the department’s counterterrorism chief, told CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King he’s normally “one of those ‘don’t go to the doctor, don’t get help … whatever it is will go away by itself’ guys,” but his wife — alarmed that his temperature was going up to 103 and his oxygen levels were down — called the doctor at 10 p.m. on a weeknight.
“[The doctor] got me on the phone and said, ‘I’m calling an ambulance, you’re going to the hospital,’” Miller recalled. “And I said, ‘I am not going to the hospital in an ambulance.’ I said, ‘I’ve got a police car outside, I can take myself to the hospital.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’m calling an ambulance.’”
Miller said he ultimately “surrendered to Lenox Hill Hospital.”
“And I’ve got to say I’m glad I did,” he said. “Because within a couple days I realized that without all the oxygen I was on 24/7, I wasn’t going to be at the [necessary] oxygen levels, the heart rate, the ability to breathe.”
He praised the doctors and nurses at the Upper East Side hospital, affiliated with Northwell Health, as “amazing” and “incredible.”
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