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Beating the odds: one woman's story of surviving coronavirus


January 13, 2021

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"Just little things like walking at the lake, watching the beautiful mountains and birds on the frozen lakes, or watching the boys playing cards and laughing makes me cry. I get so emotional sometimes. It is great to be alive! My family and friends prayed so hard for me that saved my life. I live for them and families who lost their loved ones," said Beniko Olsen, a Gunbarrel resident who survived COVID-19 after a 45-day hospital stay.

On June 11, 2020, a beautiful flower bloomed somewhere in Japan.

That same day in Colorado, Gunbarrel resident Beniko Olsen drove home with her family after 45 days in the hospital fighting for her life after contracting COVID-19.

But first, she directed her husband and two sons to stop off at Starbucks for a long-anticipated Matcha latte.

Olsen is a petite woman with a radiant smile and a...

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