Over 100 Days After Being Stricken With Covid-19, Officer Juan Phillips Leaves ECMC Hospital
Buffalo Police Officer Juan Phillips was released from ECMC last Thursday (July 2) after spending 101 days in the hospital stricken with Covid-19. Phillips stood up from a wheel chair and walked out the doors of the medical facility to cheers and applause from family friends, and staff. Among the dignitaries on hand to welcome him was Mayor Byron Brown and former Mayor Tony Masiello.
During a brief press conference, Officer Philips, expressed being “overwhelmed…at the amount of love and support” on display.
Reflecting on his experience, he admitted that “there were a couple of long nights when I asked ‘why me?” but he added that he quickly shifted to being “thankful that my life was spared.” He applauded the medical staff and thanked his family, friends and community for the continued love and support. He said he was especially grateful for “all those who prayed and shared a moment to offer a prayer for me…that type of love and support is what got me through.”
Dr. Mary Welch described his recovery as “remarkable.
Mayor Byron Brown said Juan’s recovery was a miracle, and the Erie County Medical Center was also known as the “Erie County Miracle Center.”
Former Mayor Masiello described Phillips as “an exemplary officer and said that his legacy as a police officer for 38 years was one of “distinction, admiration and respect for people….” But most of all he added “he’s a beautiful human being.”
Juan said he looks forward to “ putting on the uniform one more time…I love serving my community,” adding his immediate plans, after spending 101 days inside a hospital, will be “to sit on my porch and …. be with my family and friends…”
Phillips served as a Buffalo Police Department School Resource Officer, coach, mentor and beloved member of the community.
Welcome Home Juan!! To God Be the Glory!