DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD) — Two years after catching COVID the first time, a local pastor found himself positive once again. Stephen A. Hebert says he has a message of hope after nearly dying in a hospital bed.

“I actually was dying in my house and I knew it and my wife knew it too,” he explained.

Hebert said he caught COVID the first time in September of 2020, while on the job. He’s been a registered nurse for over 30 years, and also serves as a pastor at Live Oak Church.

“I completely lost my taste and smell and at that point, that’s never happened before it’s a pretty distinct feeling and I knew then that it was going to be COVID,” Hebert said.

He almost lost his life to the virus more than once. His condition got worse, and Herbert was eventually put on a ventilator in the hospital.

“We really didn’t have a whole lot of medicine to treat, and they wouldn’t let you have any visitors at all,” he said.

Hebert facetimed with family when he had the energy, and a friend gave him a journal to pass the time. He got better after a few weeks and had written enough to fill a book. Hebert said he’s thankful for every breath.

“You don’t realize how much of a blessing that is to be able to take in a deep breath and to be able to let it out,” he said.

Hebert decided to write a book about his journey and recovery, called “COVID-19, One Family’s Journey.”

“I had a lot of time on my hands,” Hebert said. “And it is truly a surviving case that I give credit to God for.”

Hebert then caught COVID again! This time his family caught the virus too. He had to go to the ER for treatment once again but his recovery was a lot quicker than before.

“Within 12 hours I could feel the tide turning,” he explained.

Hebert said he wouldn’t be alive without a little hope and a whole lot of praying and now hopes his story will spread a lot of faith to those going through the same thing.

For more information on Stephen Hebert’s book, click here.

Hebert also has a blog filled with stories from his recovery. For more information, click here.