“I don’t know where she got that strength,” says Erika Saji, a physical therapist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “She was so optimistic from day one. I’m just in awe of her.”
After months of outpatient physical and occupational therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Nina finished her treatment in September. When initially asked during physical and occupational therapy what her goals were, Nina simply stated, “I just want my life back.”
Today, Nina is truly living her life to the fullest. She has gone back to work at the Department of Health overseeing its physician on-call program, which connects physicians with external providers during off-hours to advise on possible cases of infectious disease, and she continues to work on a COVID-19 mortality study. In October, she took a much-needed vacation to Italy.
And she is back commuting on the subway. While she remains cautious, Nina keeps on going, in true New York fashion. “As New Yorkers, we develop a certain toughness and endurance,” she says. “It may sound strange, but the power of connection, communication, and positive attitudes make my world go around. I keep on going every day because I love life.”