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Sonya is out of the ICU… click here for the update!



Original story from August 1:

We keep hoping for better news for Tampa Bay Lightning national anthem singer Sonya Bryson-Kirksey. Tonight, the organizer of her fundraiser provided an update on her condition. Thomas Schooley says Sonya remains in intensive care. She was put into the ICU this past week when she had a really bad fever.

Sonya has been having a rough go of it with COVID-19 for a couple weeks now. Being a MS patient, the virus is especially dangerous for her. Schooley said in a tweet Saturday night that a nasty cough is making it difficult for Sonya to breathe. Her temperature has fluctuated so she remains in intensive care.

Sonya got infected with COVID-19 shortly after the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup celebrations. Sonya was scheduled to perform the national anthem at the post-boat parade rally. Weather cut the celebrations short. Her husband Jimmie told TV reporters that Sonya was removing her face mask to take photos with fans. Fortunately Sonya was vaccinated so the situation could have been even worse. Nonetheless, she continues to fight and encourages anyone who hasn’t done so yet to get vaccinated. Schooley says she is reading messages being left by fans.

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