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TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 21: The national anthem is performed prior to Game Five of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena on June 21, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Sonya-Bryson Kirksey, the beloved national anthem singer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Air Force Veteran, has recently checked out of the ICU after her COVID-19 diagnosis. While she hasn’t returned home yet, she has been placed in a recovery room. Things are looking good for the singer.

MJ and the gang caught up with Sonya’s husband, Jimmie Kirksey, and asked him about Sonya’s recovery process.

Jimmie says Sonya, who has been open about her diagnosis with MS, said that it was only two days of having a fever and fatigue before he realized “something is not right.” After her fever went up to 102 degrees, Sonya was admitted to the hospital. Luckily, a ventilator never had to be used.

Jimmie also offered advice for people who are not allowed to see their family members while they are away in the hospital. He says, “they just have to understand [medical care professionals] are trying their best of keeping people safe. They’re trying not to have it spread from family members trying to come see their loved ones. So I understand what they’re trying to do.”

As for being back in action in October to sing the national anthem, Jimmie says “she’s a fighter and she will definitely be back.”

Jimmie is hoping Sonya returns home sometime within a week.

You can listen to the full interview with Jimmie Kirksey here:

We wish Sonya a speedy recovery!

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