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VIDEO: St. Joe's Workers Celebrate Dr. James Pruden's Emotional Hospital Discharge

James Pruden is discharged from St. Joseph's Medical Center after beating coronavirus.
James Pruden is discharged from St. Joseph's Medical Center after beating coronavirus. Photo Credit: Desserie Morgan

"Pruden! Pruden! Pruden!"

Nurses, doctors and healthcare workers at St. Joseph's Medical Center cheered as Dr. James Pruden was discharged from the hospital after beating coronavirus.

The video, posted by nurse Desserie Morgan on Facebook Wednesday, shows the 70-year-old Teaneck resident clapping and pointing as he's pushed out of the hospital in a wheelchair.

"Unbelievably proud moment," Morgan wrote. "Dr. Pruden discharged after beating Covid19 and his St. Joseph’s family seeing him home."

Dr. James Pruden heads home after more than a month battling coronavirus at St. Joseph's Medical Center.

Desserie Morgan

Pruden, 70, of Teaneck, was one of the first medical workers who tested positive for the virus in the state.

The physician, who runs emergency preparedness at St. Joe's, was admitted to the hospital on March 6, and was at one point in critical condition.

Dozens of teary-eyed staff members shouted "We love you!" as Pruden was transferred from a wheelchair to a stretcher, then pushed outside to the ambulance that would take him home.

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