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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Shammy Dorsey is a fighter.

“I pulled through. It wasn’t my time to go,” Dorsey said.

In April, the 18-year-old was rushed to Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Doctors diagnosed him with COVID-19 and told his family he had a heart attack and double pneumonia because of it.

“I was sick for like four days before and I finally went to the hospital. I didn’t want to go but my mom made me go and when I went in I didn’t come back out,” Dorsey said.

Doctors had their doubts about Shammy pulling through.

“It shows the disease itself is very malignant and very vicious that told me as a critical care doctor that he is on a bad trajectory,” said Dr. Ashish Kumar Khanna, critical care medicine specialist.

His mom still wonders how he caught the coronavirus.

“I didn’t understand how he got it because I had Lysol, hand sanitizer at my door when you come through, so I didn’t understand why he had it,” Yateria Thomas said.

Since July 17, Dorsey has been at home. Times were not always easy but he is getting stronger every day.

“Once I got out the first week I was walking by myself without my walker and my strength is coming back slowly,” Dorsey said.

Thomas is thankful for the medical team, but strongly believes a higher power stepped in to save her son.

“When it comes to the power of God he makes everything possible,” Thomas said.

Thomas and Dorsey are using their story to encourage others to take this virus seriously. There are more than 157,000 cases in the state. 1,000 people are hospitalized and more than 2,500 people have lost their lives.