A Los Angeles Police Department detective who was hospitalized in extremely critical condition with the novel coronavirus was discharged Friday and greeted by loud cheers from hospital staff.
Detective Michael Chang left Providence Saint John’s Health Care Center in Santa Monica around noon, according to a hospital news release.
Dozens of people — including family members, hospital staff, and police personnel — were on hand to applaud him as he was escorted out in a wheelchair, video from the scene showed. He was clad in blue scrubs and his face was covered with a mask as he left the facility.
The detective hugged his sons and kissed his wife for the time since he was diagnosed with COVID-19 about a month ago.
Uniformed LAPD officers also showed up in full force to salute and thank the doctors, nurse and staff at Saint John’s hospital.
Among those on hand was LAPD Chief Michel Moore.
“On behalf of 13,000 of your family members that are so glad to see you coming out of this hospital so much better than how you came in,” he told Chang in front of the dozens who gathered during the celebratory sendoff.
Chang, 52, was critically ill on April 7 when he was transferred by ambulance…