Puna man recounts long, near-lethal battle against COVID-19

  • Frederick Tibayan is cheered on by medical staff after being released from Hilo Medical Center after 49 days battling COVID-19 in the hospital on Wednesday. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Frederick Tibayan looks up at Hilo Medical Center while speaking on his experience with COVID-19 and the 49 days he spent in the hospital on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Frederick Tibayan sends a shaka while being released from Hilo Medical Center after 49 days in the hospital due to COVID-19 complications on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Frederick Tibayan is cheered on by medical staff after being released from Hilo Medical Center after 49 days battling COVID-19 in the hospital on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

After 49 days in the hospital, Frederick Tibayan was released from Hilo Medical Center on Wednesday after a nearly fatal bout with COVID-19.