Intensive Care: Spokane couple recovering after hospital stays following COVID diagnosis

Christy Harbison and her boyfriend, Mike Sandblom, had been talking about marriage before the couple bought her childhood home last fall.

Then in November they fell ill with COVID-19.

A stay in intensive care at Providence Holy Family Hospital in December convinced Sandblom the time was right. He called Harbison after watching nurses wheel out a patient who had died.

“It was a surreal moment,” said Sandblom, who’s now recovering in the couple’s home in Mead. “So I asked, ‘Will you marry me? Because in case I do die, I wanted to at least ask you to marry me.’”

“I said ‘OK,’ ” recalled Harbison. “I didn’t know if

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