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Moment TV news anchor mistakenly announces that coma patient had died from coronavirus

Moment TV news anchor mistakenly announces that coma patient had died from coronavirus – before frantically backtracking when he realizes athlete has actually left hospital after dramatic recovery

  • An ABC news anchor has apologized on air after he mistakenly announced that a New Jersey man who recovered from the coronavirus had died on Tuesday 
  • Bill Ritter was highlighting the remarkable story of 26-year-old Jack Allard, who was placed in a medically induced coma for five-weeks after catching COVID-19
  • Ritter then said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy had declared in an press conference earlier the same day that Allard had tragically passed away
  • But when the producers of the show rolled the clip from Murphy’s presser, the governor in fact revealed that Allard had ‘rebounded’ from the virus 
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An ABC news anchor mistakenly announced on-air that a New Jersey man had died from coronavirus, before frantically apologizing when a video clip showed the man had in fact recovered.

New York’s Bill Ritter was telling the story of 26-year-old Jack Allard, who was placed in a medically induced coma for five weeks after being diagnosed with a severe case of COVID-19 in March.

Ritter then said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy had declared in an press conference earlier the same day that Allard had tragically passed away.

‘After spending time on a ventilator and five full weeks in the hospital, the governor announced that Jack has died,’ Ritter said during the live broadcast.

However, when the producers of the show rolled the clip from Murphy’s press conference, the governor in fact revealed that Allard had ‘rebounded’ from the virus and was ‘clapped out by the doctors and nurses who saved his life as he walked out of the hospital.’ 

 

New York’s Bill Ritter apologized after he mistakenly announced that a New Jersey man who recovered from the coronavirus had died on Tuesday

Ritter was highlighting the remarkable story of 26-year-old Jack Allard, who was placed in a medically induced coma for five-weeks after being diagnosed with a severe case of COVID-19 in March

Ritter was highlighting the remarkable story of 26-year-old Jack Allard, who was placed in a medically induced coma for five-weeks after being diagnosed with a severe case of COVID-19 in March

A few moments of awkwardness ensured before Ritter realized that Allard, an All American Lacrosse player, was still very much alive and began backtracking on his previous proclamation.

‘I feel horrible. Jack is very much alive,’ Ritter said, acknowledging the faux pas. ‘Jack we love you.’

Ritter reiterated: ‘Again: Jack is alive and back home. He has come home, not in the figurative sense, but in the quite literal sense.

‘My deepest apologies for that; I was just… misread everything and I apologize but he is alive and we are grateful for that.’

Allard made his incredibly recovery from the deadly virus after taking part in an experimental trial for the drug Remdesivir.

During Ritter’s broadcast, ABC played footage of the incredible moment Allard walked out of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia being applauded by the staff who helped to save his life.

Allard made his incredibly recovery from the deadly virus after taking part in an experimental trial for the drug, Remdesivir

During Ritter's broadcast, ABC played footage of the incredible moment Allard walked out of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia being applauded by the staff who helped to save his life.

Allard is embraced by family members

During Ritter’s broadcast, ABC played footage of the incredible moment Allard walked out of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia being applauded by the staff who helped to save his life.

Allard, who turned 26 while he was in the coma, had no pre-existing conditions and was otherwise healthy when he contracted the coronavirus.

New Jersey Republic Congressman Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., told The Story on Monday that: ‘If that doesn’t make your month, I don’t know what will.’

‘He spent more than 20 days on a ventilator and miraculously got off. It just shows you how strong he is.’



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