John Prine Still in ICU with Pneumonia in Both Lungs, Per His Wife Fiona

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Country/folk legend John Prine is still in the ICU as he battles pneumonia in both lungs, according to an update from his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, late Thursday night.

Prine, 73, was hospitalized with symptoms of the coronavirus last week, and despite being upgraded from critical to stable condition, he isn’t out of the woods just yet, so to speak.

Fiona updated the status of her husband in a series of posts on Twitter, beginning with:

“This is John’s 8th day in ICU. He is receiving excellent medical care and being treated with kindness and compassion by the entire team looking after him day and night. I cannot be with him which makes this nightmare all the more distressing …

…As you know, John was put on a ventilator last Saturday. He still needs quite a bit of help with his breathing. Like many patients currently in ICU beds all around the world, John has pneumonia in both lungs. He has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with meds, including antibiotics.

He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him.

I don’t have the words to adequately Thank You all for the outpouring of love and prayers that John and our family have received this last week. Please continue to send Love, Prayers and Positive Energy to John. He needs us now more than ever. John loves you and I love you too.”

Fiona also shared the message on Instagram:

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This is John’s 8th day in ICU . He is receiving excellent medical care and being treated with kindness and compassion by the entire team looking after him day and night. I cannot be with him which makes this nightmare all the more distressing for me. As you know, John was put on a ventilator last Saturday. He still needs quite a bit of help with his breathing. Like many patients currently in ICU beds all around the world, John has pneumonia in both lungs. He has also developed some peripheral issues that are being treated with meds, including antibiotics. He is very ill and yet I remain hopeful that he can continue to fight this devastating virus and come home where we can care for him. I don’t have the words to adequately Thank You all for the outpouring of love and prayers that John and our family has received this last week. It means the world to us to have your love and support at this difficult time. On behalf of me and our boys- Jody Jack and Tommy – please know that we are keeping you all in our hearts with a prayer that you stay safe and healthy. Please continue to send Love, Prayers and Positive Energy to John. He needs us now more than ever.John loves you and I love you too.🙏🏼❤️💚 Cartoon by Rick Maynard

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News of John Prine and his hospitalization prompted an outpouring of support and well-wishes from the music community, and inspired fellow folk icon Joan Baez to dedicate an acoustic performance to both John and Fiona last weekend:

Continued best wishes to John, Fiona and anybody dealing with COVID-19 at this time.

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