Best-selling author Mark Dagostino fights COVID-19, shares video from hospital bed

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Alexander LaCasse, Portsmouth Herald
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After being hospitalized and placed on oxygen with a severe case of COVID-19 Sunday, celebrity biographer and best-selling author Mark Dagostino recorded a video from his hospital bed Wednesday, thanking the community for their steadfast support.

In the video, Dagostino expressed heartfelt gratitude for the support and kindness of friends and family, reports Portsmouth Herald, part of the USA TODAY Network.

“This is definitely the hardest illness I’ve ever encountered, personally, and when I’m done with this video, I’m probably going to have to lie down for three hours,” said an exhausted Dagostino, at times laboring through his words. “I just wanted to say thank you, this kind of support and love is nothing I ever expected and it’s overwhelming. It’s been incredibly beautiful to hear from every single one of you and I can’t thank you enough.”

Dagostino is the writer of six New York Times best-selling books, including No. 1 bestseller “The Magnolia Story,” about home décor entrepreneurial couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and books on Hulk Hogan and Villanova University men’s basketball coach Jay Wright.

Previously: Celebrity biographer and bestselling author Mark Dagostino battling ‘severe’ COVID-19

Dagostino’s fiancée and life partner, Terry Taylor, battling COVID-19 herself with mild symptoms, said the love and support their family has received this week has been nothing short of a miracle.

Mark Dagostino
Mark Dagostino

“I know we’ve witnessed the best part of humanity and our hearts will forever be full,” Taylor said. “I just reached out for prayers and all of this kindness is what happened. Personally, I’m completely overwhelmed and exhausted, but I feel so happy Mark is doing better.”

Since Monday, a GoFundMe page started by Lisa Leshne, a New York literary agent and friend of Dagostino, who’s worked with him on several projects, has raised more than $72,000 to cover costs associated with his hospital stay.

Leshne has been posting updates of Dagostino’s progress from Taylor on the fundraising page. According to Leshne’s posts, Dagostino’s oxygen levels have been stable since Tuesday but he still must utilize oxygen therapy and a CPAP machine.

Leshne posted Thursday that Dagostino’s most recent chest X-rays showed “significant improvement” in his lungs but noted he “is not out of the woods yet.” She reported he is still dealing with fatigue.

“Every little thing is 100% exhaustion, everything hurts, if I roll an inch in the wrong direction I’ll go into a coughing fit,” Dagostino said in the video. “I’ve got a long way to go. Hopefully, I’ll be able to talk to you all soon.”

Stratham author Mark Dagastino is currently hospitalized in Exeter Hospital's ICU with COVID-19. His fiancee, Terry Taylor said she last spoke with him over FaceTime early Tuesday morning.
Stratham author Mark Dagastino is currently hospitalized in Exeter Hospital's ICU with COVID-19. His fiancee, Terry Taylor said she last spoke with him over FaceTime early Tuesday morning.

Taylor said Dagostino’s mother has always been a rock for the family. Taylor said since she contracted COVID-19, Ruthan Dagostino has been busy cycling her care between her son, herself, her 92-year-old father living in the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton and Mark’s 96-year-old grandmother Joan, living independently in Exeter.

“Ruthan cares for Mark, myself, her father and Joan,” Taylor said. “I know she really appreciates how much the whole community has shown up for them with so much love and support.”

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Author Mark Dagostino fights COVID-19, thanks community from hospital