Applause echoed through the sliding doors at the front entrance of Berkshire Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon, reaching its crescendo as Michele Drysgola, a nurse at BMC ,was wheeled outside for the first time in more than three months after contact with coronna virus.

Drysgola, 62, was hospitalized April 2 , a victim of its early sweep through the Berkshires. She said she spent two stints on a ventilator and neared death four separate times but remembers nothing between the months of April and June. Nevertheless, she survived. Drysgola has practiced nursing for over 40 years, working since 2004 at the very hospital where she was treated.

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