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Ladera Ranch man who beat the coronavirus ‘beast’ goes home

Patnoe left the Mission Hospital Laguna Beach with a standing ovation from his doctors and nurses.

  • Brian Patnoe, center, is greeted by healthcare workers as he exits Mission Hospital Laguna Beach while recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Patnoe, gets a hug from his daughter, Elise Patnoe, standing next to his wife, Nikki Patnoe, after Brian was released from Mission Hospital Laguna Beach while recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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  • Brian Patnoe, center, and his wife, Nikki Patnoe, pose for a picture from their son, Jack Patnoe after Brian was released from Mission Hospital Laguna Beach while recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Patnoe, center, is greeted by healthcare workers as he exits Mission Hospital Laguna Beach after recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Patnoe gives a thumbs to physical therapist Jorja Kryger as he leaves Mission Hospital Laguna Beach while recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Patnoe, right, looks to his children, Elise Patnoe, left, Jack Patnoe, and his wife, Nikki Patnoe, after Brian was released from Mission Hospital Laguna Beach while recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Patnoe, right, gets a kiss from his wife, Nikki Patnoe, after being released from Mission Hospital Laguna Beach while recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brian Patnoe, center, hugs his wife, Nikki Patnoe, left, and son, Jack Patnoe, right as Brian is released from Mission Hospital Laguna Beach while recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Laguna Beach, CA, on Friday, April 24, 2020. Brian Patnoe was in an induced coma for a while and on a ventilator battling the coronavirus (COVID-19) for 17 days. His family hasn’t been able to be with him since March 18. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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Brian Patnoe was on a ventilator twice. His fever spiked. His condition scared his wife and kids.

But Friday, he got to go home to Ladera Ranch. Patnoe, who served in the Marine Corps, beat the “beast,” as his wife Nikki called the coronavirus.

Patnoe left Mission Hospital Laguna Beach about 1 p.m. with a standing ovation from his doctors and nurses. For the first time since he checked into the hospital on St. Patrick’s Day, he hugged Nikki, his son, Jack, and his daughter, Elise.

“The doctors and nurses did the hard part, I just had the will to live,” Patnoe said as he left the hospital. “This is the best hospital. They saved my life.

“To have a second chance at life is the best thing ever,” he said.

He returned home to a house decorated with well wishes, an American flag and a U.S. Marine Corps flag.