Brazilian photographer Satiro Sodré was released from the hospital Monday after nine days in the ICU battling the novel coronavirus.
Sodré is Brazil’s most famous swimming photographer, and many of his photos appear on SwimSwam’s articles.
Just prior to his discharge on Sunday, Sodré made this post on his Facebook page (translation courtesy of Best Swimming’s Alex Pussieldi):
“After 7 days at CTI, fighting a virus, finally the disease starts to stay in the past! I want to thank the professionals at CTI and my family’s prayer chain! I am winning the battle and that we learn every day of our lives with our mistakes or our victories, but the important thing is to know that every day we live something new, let’s live! #stayhome”
In the Best Swimming article, it also shows another social media post Sodré made prior to contracting the virus, offering to go get groceries for those over 60.
Beginning his photography career in 1989 with a job at the Rio de Janeiro Aquatic Federation, Sodré was then hired by the Brazilian Confederation of Water Sports (CBDA) in 1995. He has covered the last five Summer Olympic Games, from 2000 to 2016, and has also attended five Pan Am Games and 27 World Championship events.
You can find out more about his photography work by visiting his website here.
Brazil has had 24,169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per CoronaTracker.com with 1,378 deaths.