Beloved Fort Cobb Coach Released From Hospital As He Recovers From COVID-19

Friday, October 2nd 2020, 10:39 pm
By: Clayton Cummins

An Oklahoma basketball coach fighting COVID-19 has been released from the hospital. 

Fort Cobb varsity basketball coach and teacher Scott Hines, 52, was hospitalized at Integris and fighting for his life after testing positive for COVID-19 on July 17. 

Hines spent nearly 11 weeks in the hospital. 

“We’re not having to at least worry day to day if he is going to make it,” said wife, Becky Hines. “That has taken a huge lift off our shoulders.” 

Hines was released Tuesday and is now a patient at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center. His two sons were able to visit for the first time Friday since his hospitalization. 

“Physical therapy and occupational therapy helps with his physical and getting his strength and stamina back,” said Becky. “The speech therapy and music therapy help to increase his lung capacity to help with his breathing.” 

The Hines family believes all four members contracted COVID-19. They credit a life support machine for getting Scott through.  

“Without the ECMO (machine), his chance for survival is 10 percent survive, 90 percent will not survive,” said Becky. “With the ECMO (there are) 50/50 chances of survival.” 

From a golf tournament held in Scott’s honor to the flat-out power of prayer, the amount of love shown, the Hines family said they’ll never forget. 

“We have had support not only from people in our community but also all over the state,” said Becky. “It has just been unbelievable, (it) makes me really emotional.” 

Doctors tell Scott he is expected to make a full recovery. 

October 15 could be the big day Scott can finally go home however that could change.