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Former sports director at Fox 11 shares COVID-19 battle update

Former FOX 11 sportscaster Drew Smith posted an update from his hospital bed on his battle with COVID-19 in March.
Former FOX 11 sportscaster Drew Smith posted an update from his hospital bed on his battle with COVID-19 in March.(WBAY)
Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 1:12 PM CDT
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***UPDATED on Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m.***

Drew Smith posted an update on Thursday afternoon on Facebook. He has been released from the hospital.

He says his lungs and liver improved enough that he could be released. He was sent home with oxygen to help his breathing at night.

He says he's "certainly turned a corner" but it will take weeks or months to fully recover. He said his doctors are "cautiously optimistic."

UPDATE: Out of the hospital! The lungs and liver are starting to improve enough to be under the expert and loving care of J.A. Smith and family. Thank you to my whole family (and I consider every one of you my family) for the amazing care and love shown during this time. Lets make a deal- I will keep fighting and you keep showing that great love to those around you- to strangers who you just don’t know are friends yet, to those in need and to those who know you. That’s how a community works and runs- on the love and respect for each other even when we disagree. We can all agree on love though. I love you, and thank you for your prayers and support!!

Posted by Andrew Smith on Thursday, March 26, 2020

***UPDATED on Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. ***

Former FOX 11 sportscaster Drew Smith posted an update to his Facebook on Wednesday afternoon.

Smith said, "Things are looking up. We're not at the finish line yet but they are getting better."

UPDATE: My beautiful friends and family! The outpouring has been amazing and J.A. Smith and I are SO grateful for all the prayers, thoughts and well wishes. We have felt a literal upsweep of support from across the nation. Here is an update on my personal condition (baby steps) and I hope to continue to improve.

Posted by Andrew Smith on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Smith, now a professor at Kansas State has been battling COVID-19 in a hospital in Kansas since March 21.

He said he's "cautiously optimistic." Smith had to be assisted by an oxygen tank but has since improved and is not off of it.

"The pneumonia has started to recede which is a nice victory of sorts. We are not really talking ‘beating and winning and victory,’ really. We are trying to get an even playing field and maybe mount a little bit of a lead but starting to get the pneumonia under control is a big deal. The fevers are still coming in and out but with the pneumonia starting to be under control the tightness in the chest is not quite as severe," Smith said in his Facebook video.

Smith is hopeful he will be released from the intensive care unit soon and be able to return to isolation at his home with his family.

“I’ve had so many well wishes. So many prayers and so many thoughts and notes. I’ve read so many of them. Thank you so much for your outpouring of concern and love. It’s just been overwhelming for me and my family," Smith said.

Smith was recently overseas on a trip with students. When he returned home, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Smith posted this update on March 22.

An update from the ICU: LOVE to everyone! J.A. Smith and the girls are wiped out at home but resting. Thanks to all who have shown their love and compassion!

Posted by Andrew Smith on Sunday, March 22, 2020

"First I want to tell everybody thank you so much for the all of the outpouring of concern and love," says Smith. "Fear and anxiety is real. And it's OK to feel it. But don't let it dominate you. I am fighting hard. The prognosis is ongoing. The goal is to get myself out of intensive care and when that happens, move on to the next step."

to read more about Drew Smith's fight in the Kansas State Collegian.

Action 2 News and Action 2 Sports wish the best for Drew on his road to recovery.

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