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LA Times Today: Column One: She was dying of COVID-19. Her last hope would save her or kill her.
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LA Times Today: Column One: She was dying of COVID-19. Her last hope would save her or kill her.

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Blanca Lopez spent 51 days in the ICU fighting what seemed to be a losing battle with COVID-19. Her team at UCLA Medical Center helped her, in part, by depending on a machine known as ‘ECMO’ that circulated and oxygenated her blood outside her body.

L.A. Times staff writer Thomas Curwen wrote Blanca’s remarkable recovery story and was there when she reunited with those who nursed her to health.