(VIDEO) 2 weeks after getting Last Rites, retired Kearny PD Sgt. Art Hackett leaves Mountainside Medical Center — alive

Gather some Kleenex for this one. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Retired Kearny Police Sgt. Art Hackett, 72, of North Arlington, had the Coronavirus. Two weeks ago, he received the Anointing of the Sick (or Last Rites), from a priest  because he was intubated and on a respirator and not doing well.

One week later, he was reportedly the first COVID-19 patient to be successfully weaned off a respirator at Mountainside Medical Center.

Then, on April 17, he was wheeled out of Mountainside — alive!

His daughter, Meghan Dell Santi, tells us he’s now in a rehab center, and has a long road ahead of him, but she’s confident “he’ll get there.”

“We are forever indebted to the staff at Mountainside Hospital and in these very dark days, every success story is the kind of morale booster we all could use,” Dell Santi said.

Watch the video of Sgt. Hackett leaving the hospital on Friday, April 17, below.


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