A young woman who admits to not taking Covid seriously ended up on a ventilator with doctors not confident she would survive.
Alison Lowe, 31, from Vancouver, Canada enjoyed her summer amid the pandemic, catching up with friends, thinking they were “invincible”.
“Honestly we enjoyed our summer fully,” she told CTV News.
“We thought we were invincible, I thought I was invincible.”
However, one of Ms Lowe’s friends ended up testing positive for Covid-19 in August, on September 6, Ms Lowe was bedridden and then hospitalised a week later, according to CTV News.
She was then put on a ventilator for 16 days, after recording a heartbreaking message to her family on her phone.
“Don’t worry, just be there for my mum,” Ms Lowe said in the video for her family.
“Because, you know, she worries the most.”
She told the Canadian news site she was in and out of sedation, and on one occasion she had to be restrained when she ripped out arterial line. Due to her poor condition, doctors were not optimistic Ms Lowe would pull through.
“The next step would have been a tracheotomy, so they were really really surprised I made it through,” Ms Lowe told CTV News.
“They said you’re part of the two per cent this would happen to, and also the two per cent that survives.”
Ms Lowe returned home on October 10, though she is still using steroids and requires supplemental oxygen. She says she still struggles to walk up and down stairs.
The intubation impacted her vocal cords and she is hoping her voice will return to normal in a few weeks.
While doctors were treating Ms Lowe for Covid, they discovered a mass in her chest, which likely made her infection worse, though she is still awaiting the prognosis.
According to Johns Hopkins data, there have been more than 196,000 coronavirus cases and 9,780 deaths in Canada.
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