A fit and healthy student from Manchester Metropolitan University has said she feared that she would die after being hospitalized twice with the corona virus.
Lara Scott, who has no underlying health problems, spent six days in intensive care and battled Covid-19. She had two grueling periods in the hospital when her body fought the virus and then the effects of the medication.
At one point, her concerned parents at home in Alsager, Cheshire, were warned that she might not make it. Now Lara – who was 19 when she was first hospitalized in early October and is now 20 – is warning people to take the virus seriously as she continues to suffer from fatigue.
The number of coronavirus infections in student areas of Cardiff has skyrocketed in recent weeks and there have been several cases in Swansea where students have been seen to ignore social aloofness rules to attend house parties in parts of Wales at one of the highest rates Covid.
The 20-year-old told the Stoke Sentinel: “It was so scary. You see all the young people partying, but they don’t realize how dangerous it can be.
‘When you are young, you think you are invincible. You could be asymptomatic or you could kill you just don’t know so why risk it? You have to be so careful because it spreads so easily. scariest time of my life. I really thought I was going to die. “
Lara had only just started her social work studies in college when she first started showing symptoms. Her Covid test on Sept. 27 initially came out negative, while her roommate gave a positive.
“I thought I’d better isolate myself and take care of my roommate,” Lara said.
“But during the second week she felt a lot better and got her sense of taste and smell back, but I got really sick.
“It started with a really bad migraine and then I got out of breath. Every time I moved I could barely breathe. The slightest movement would knock me out.
“I didn’t think it was Covid because my symptoms were so different from my roommate’s. I didn’t really want to make it a problem.”
As her condition deteriorated, Lara sought help from her doctor and the 101 service. She was advised to go to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where she was subsequently admitted to a ward.
She said, “I went to the hospital and a doctor and nurse asked me to walk on site for two minutes and my oxygen level dropped to 81 percent.
“It turned out I had Covid pneumonia and there was a blood clot in my lungs. At first I wasn’t doing so badly and they thought I might be able to go home, but then it deteriorated again and I became moved to another department.
“When I was there I went to the toilet and the oxygen tank was running out. My 02 levels dropped to 86 percent. That’s when the staff really started to worry.”
“I was then moved to the ICU and put on a more intensive oxygen machine and then a CPAP mask.
“The medics were considering whether to put me in an induced coma or not, but luckily it didn’t get that far and I slowly started to recover.
“I was so out of breath I couldn’t even get my words out. I panicked, thought I was going to die. I panicked and that just made it worse.
“My mom and dad came to the hospital to take me home on my 20th birthday. It’s terrifying to think it could have been the other way around.
“I had no underlying health problems that would affect how I managed covid. It just goes to show that it can happen to anyone.
“My roommate had just coughed a little and was feeling a little bit under the weather, but it was the worst I had ever experienced.”
Lara’s ordeal was not over, however, after her health took a new turn and she spent three more days in the hospital from October 27 to 30.
She said, “I was just so empty and really wobbly. It turned out I was anemic because the blood thinners I needed to get the clot in my lungs meant I had a three week period.
“There are all kinds of things that Covid can influence. All our lectures are online, but I still have trouble concentrating. My brain is really foggy, but it’s starting to improve.
“I have firsthand knowledge of what it is like and how far the brilliant NHS has gone to help people like me. I just hope more people follow the rules and the infection rate goes down so I can spend Christmas with my family . “
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Lara’s mother Deb Scott said she was afraid she would never see her daughter again.
She said, “People need to take Covid seriously. We’ve been through weeks of hell because our otherwise healthy 19-year-old caught it and nearly died.
Our goodbye call for trying to suppress her came through one of the angels in a hazmat suit who wiped her eyes as she struggled to breathe to tell us the power of oxygen they needed to get into her lungs to get her oxygen saturation was unbearable.
“I’ve seen so much complacency about this now, but if you never want your child to say to you ‘mama, I can’t take it anymore, I love you’, and then you see them descend into a panic attack caused by terror of the unknown you should take seriously. I guarantee that if you’ve been in my shoes, you will never think twice. ”