Waikiki bartender Coby Torda is home after being hospitalized with COVID-19 for 69 days


HONOLULU (KHON2) — Coby Torda’s family is overjoyed to finally have him back home. His battle with COVID-19 was not an easy one.

Torda’s brother Leyton Torda said there were times they weren’t sure if he would make it.

But Thursday marks the start of a new chapter as Torda continues his recovery at home surrounded by those that he loves.

Torda’s mother, Peggy Torda-Saballa said it’s a miracle that her son recovered. They are all elated.

“He’s very happy and he’s very excited. As a matter of fact, it was very emotional. When each sibling came and greeted him and hugged him and kissed him, he was very emotional seeing his siblings again.”

After 69 days at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, the 38-year-old Waikiki bartender returned to his house in Ewa Beach.

Torda was on life support — on a ventilator in the intensive care unit — for most of his hospitalization.

His mother said it was agony.

“We couldn’t speak about it the first two weeks. It was really touch-and-go for Coby. We didn’t know whether he was every going to come home again.”

Now that he is home, he’ll continue his recovery with the help of his family.

“He’s lost a lot of weight. He’s lost a lot of muscle tone. He walks like a very old man. He walks very slow and his clothes look very bit on him. We’re going to try to help him rehab, build his muscles up again get his appetite back and just get him back to the same Coby we know,” Peggy said.

She said Torda gets winded speaking so he tries not to talk too much. But he did have one request after he left the hospital.

Coby’s older brother Leyton Torda said he told them he wanted to eat.

‘His first desire was, from the hospital, we went to Cherry Top in Pearl City because he wanted yogurt — natural, tart yogurt. And we fulfilled that wish and then we came home,” Peggy explained.

As trying as the ordeal has been for their family, they said it made all of them stronger.

“My brother is extremely resilient,” Leyton Torda said.

“I think it tightened the knit in our family. It brings your family closer, it makes you understand what family love is all about,” Peggy said.

The Torda ohana wanted to thank everyone for their support, prayers and thoughts during Coby’s hospitalization.

“To all the strangers, prayer warriors, everyone, who has reached out since March, we are so grateful for all they have done for our family.”

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