Emmy-winning cameraman chronicles his brutal battle with COVID-19

An Emmy Award-winning cameraman chronicled his battle with COVID-19 to ensure that there would be a record of what he endured.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2020, 3:09 AM

Updated 1,443 days ago

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An Emmy Award-winning cameraman chronicled his battle with COVID-19 to ensure that there would be a record of what he endured.
Jeff Muhlstock was stick with the virus for about two weeks. He says that he felt isolation and fear of dying.
“Convulsing all night. Couldn’t breathe,” he says. “It was just incredibly scary and I was terrified that I wouldn’t be there for my family.”
Muhlstock has a wife and two children. He says that he wanted a record of what he experienced in case he couldn’t tell his family about it.
“The only thing you see in the footage was when I was actually of right mind to do it,” he says. “The worst part of it I couldn’t lift my head of the pillow. I was just focused on breathing.”
Muhlstock has been a cameraman for 40 years and has worked on television shows like “Mr. Robot.” He says that chronicling his illness helped to distract him – distract him from the Codeine, blood thinners, pain meds and even hydroxychloroquine.
“First day on the chloroquine, so I definitely don’t have malaria,” Muhlstock said in one of his videos. “I should probably put some light on, although I don’t want to see myself.”
He says that he is thankful to the doctors and nurses who helped to keep him alive. But he says that he knows that he is lucky as well.
Muhlstock has been out of the hospital for about a month. He is still using oxygen. He says that he doesn't know how long that will last. He also says that he hasn’t gotten a clear answer on if he is still contagious or when he might be able to work again.


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