Star Tribune: Minnesota pianist Nachito Herrera on surviving COVID-19

'This is the worst thing I've had in 54 years of my life'

He was so disoriented that he couldn’t find the bathroom at his own White Bear Lake home. He had a stomachache and shortness of breath. At St. John’s Hospital, his condition worsened dramatically, and doctors warned his wife that he had maybe three hours to live.

Nachito Herrera lapsed into a coma for 14 days.

“I can’t remember anything; I barely remember when they tried to put me in my car in the back seat to go to the hospital,” said Herrera, the great Cuban-American pianist who is the most famous Minnesotan to recover from COVID-19.

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