Springdale Doctor battling COVID-19 transferred to NWA hospital from Little Rock


The family of the Springdale doctor who's fighting for his life after contracting covid-19 says a turn of events happened this weekend

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – UPDATE 3/28/21 – Dr. Garner’s sister-in-law Allison Lee provided this update on his condition:

Seth has been transferred to a long-term acute care center in Springdale, AR. The doctors at St. Vincent decided he needed to move to a facility that is able to help him focus on getting strong enough to get off the ventilator. On Tuesday (3/23) they moved him via ambulance from Little Rock to Regency LTAC located inside Northwest Medical Center. He made it safely to Springdale late Tuesday and [Wednesday] was the first time [his wife] got to see him since the move. They have a limited visitation here, it is 2-6 pm only vs 6 am – 8 pm at St. Vincent, so it has been a difficult transition for her. Right now the biggest focus is for the medical team to determine how strong his body and lungs are, and to develop a game plan to enable him to wean off the ventilator. The sooner the better is what we pray for, as each day is another day he is at risk to develop another infection. He is currently able to breathe 7-8 minutes on his own, he has to be able to breathe for 24 hours for them to take him off the vent. Please pray for continued strength and healing as he begins this new step.


Friday we introduced you to Dr. Seth Garner.

He owns his own clinic in Springdale.

Dr. Garner is currently in a Little Rock ICU after he contracted COVID-19 from a patient a month ago.

Allison Lee is Dr. Garner’s sister-in-law.

She says doctors confirm Garner’s now battling a bacterial infection from being on a ventilator and has double pneumonia.

She says the family is thankful for the hospital staff who’s been giving them updates constantly and was able to diagnosis Garner’s underlying issues.

“Better signs are starting to happen,” Lee said. “He’s sleeping now, he’s more comfortable, he’s stable and when I say stable – his stats are starting to come back up and things are starting to look up now.”

Dr. Garner was sent to Little Rock from a Northwest Arkansas hospital to undergo a specific treatment.

Once the infection is cleared up — Lee says doctors will discuss the next steps in his recovery process.

You can support Dr. Garner’s family by visiting their Gofundme page.

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