“When COVID-19 broke out, I felt that it was my duty as a Healthcare Assistant in a nursing home to care for others. But it wasn’t long before I became infected myself.
I woke up the morning after a double shift and immediately knew that something was wrong. I had a high fever at noon and by the evening I was bed-bound and breathless. When I saw my doctor that evening, it became clear that my condition was becoming more and more severe. I could see the concern in her face as she told me that she didn’t know what to do with me. I would have to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) if I was to have any chance of surviving - I had no choice.
“It’s been three months since I was in hospital. I’m very gradually taking the necessary steps toward recovery after having been in a coma for nine days. When I awoke from the coma, my muscles were weak and wasted. Pretty quickly, the doctor prescribed me medical nutrition, that’s rich in proteins, which is a very important component when you’re bed ridden.”