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Pastor Sylvania Comes Home After Long Battle With COVID-19


SYLVANIA, Alabama – A valued member of the Sylvania community facing a 3% chance of survival returned home Saturday morning after a long battle with COVID-19.

After 132 days, Baptist Pastor Kent Wilborn is back home.

“That my dad was sitting here and we were celebrating it meant the world to me,” said Wilborn’s daughter, Teryn Wilborn-Patterson. “At one point they called us and told us it wouldn’t be the middle of the night, that we had to get there quickly.”

“We were all here and we just got on our knees and started praying,” Patterson said.

Coming home brought what could have been the longest and most heartfelt parade in the small town of Sylvania.

“He’s one of the most respected men we have in our community,” said Sylvania City Councilor Claude Callaham. “His whole family, his wife’s family… they are very respected people. And we are so proud of them.

From intubation at Huntsville Hospital to receiving desperate care at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Wilborn’s family counted the 132 days of treatment.

Brother Kent, as he is known in the area, still has a long way to go in physical therapy – but he told News 19 as soon as he gets the green light he will deliver his Sunday sermons again.