After 6 weeks, COVID-19 patient Coby Torda wakes up from coma


HONOLULU (KHON2) — KHON2 first told you about 37-year-old Coby Torda when he was in the ICU with coronavirus in March.

His mother, Peggy Torda-Saballa said her son was healthy before he was infected. Torda has been in the hospital since then in a medically induced coma at Kaiser Moanalua.

“Right now my boy is lying there trying to fight it so he can come back to us,” Torda-Saballa told KHON2 back in March.

But now, he’s recovering in the hospital and he’s slowly coming out of his sedated state.

Coby Torda’s family was surprised on Sunday morning when they woke up to see a social media post of his.

“I guess he just made this huge improvement overnight where he was able to take a selfie,” said Husband Scotty Staples.

“The doctor is very pleased with his progress and he’s feeling very good too that Jacoby is coming through. He’s the longest patient there. He’s been at Kaiser for 40 something days,” said his mother Peggy Torday-Saballa.

In the beginning, Torda was in a medically induced coma. The family says his diagnosis was very severe.

“He was near-fatal when we got him to the hospital. It was really touch-and-go the first 2-3 weeks,” said Torda-Saballa.

“So you can imagine how we are feeling right now. Our heads are in the clouds. It’s just pure ecstasy at this point,” said Staples.

We’re told Torda has lost about 85 pounds and cannot talk normally because he’s still on a ventilator. But he’s been responding to commands and texting.

“He was texting us as well, nonsense, just complete gibberish,” said Staples. “He was asking us if we won the Safeway Monopoly. We were just kind of like…umm.”

Torda’s recent progress and unexpected social media post have been a massive relief for the family. Now they look ahead to his journey to recovery and hope to see him soon.

“He’s really moving in a really quick stride and he is expected to go to OT and PT and respiratory therapy as they planned, and how he proceeds and how fast he proceeds will determine when he can be discharged because he’s really improving at a rapid pace,” said Torda-Saballa.

Torda-Saballa and Staples also tested posItive for COVID-19 but their symptoms were very minor. They were both re-tested and are virus-free.

Coby, a Waikiki bartender, initially experienced symptoms on March 9 and was hospitalized March 21.

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