- BBC World News
A man in the UK who had been given close to “zero chance” by doctors to survive after falling ill with COVID-19 spoke to the BBC about how the virus turned his life “upside down”.
Mal Martin, 58, was admitted a week after he felt ill and was on a ventilator for 61 days.
His wife and children even said goodbye to him before he slipped into an induced coma.
Martin’s recovery was described by the attending physicians as a “miracle.”
“Basically my world turned upside down, but at the same time, I’m getting stronger,” Martin told the BBC.
“I can only walk a little. I have a lot of dizziness. I have problems with my lungs, but the most serious are the problems in my rinones. These currently only work when 12%“.
“Everything has been really scary. I will need dialysis for the rest of my life or a transplant of rino N“.
“I lost vision in my right eye, something that I will never regain, and they have done to me amputations in my hands (I lost the thumb in one hand and the index finger in the other, and I will lose half a finger and the thumb of the right hand) “.
His fingers were affected by the medication that was given to him to keep him alive.
Martin, it diabetic due to genetic causes (not linked to lifestyle). Four years ago he suffered cardiac arrest and had three coronary stents placed.
After this episode he recovered well, he started running regularly. He did not drink or smoke. His diabetes was under control and before he caught COVID-19 his physical and health were good.
Martin was taken to hospital just before the UK went into quarantine in March.
As he told the BBC, he does not remember what happened in the first two weeks, which he described as a “target” in his memory.
Afterward, “I honestly felt that my life was over,” as his doctors at first thought.
“My doctor told me that my wife and children had come to say goodbye. To be fair, he shouldn’t have said that to me, but he did tell me and it affected me at the time. ”
During the days he was on the ventilator, Martin suffered many hallucinations. I saw “things and had scary moments seeing masks around me all the time.”
“I remember one of the nurses telling me that she was going to hold my hand all night … and that she was not going to let me go.”
“I thought how amazing the NHS (the acronym for the National Health Service) was and how all the people who had been involved had been really fantastic.”
Since it began about 10 months ago, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 1.6 million lives out of more than 73 million confirmed cases in the world.
A glimmer of hope has emerged recently thanks to the approval of some vaccines.
But Martin, who has been recovering since July, believes that there are still people who do not take the virus seriously.
“It is a horrible, horrible disease. If I could make a wish, it would be for everything to pass,” he says.
“But I think the biggest wish is for people to understand that I was healthy.”
“It really amazes me that there are so many people losing their lives, so many people in the same position that I am in and in worse positions than mine, and the people still ignore and don’t understand“.
“I think once someone has it in their family, that’s when they find out.”
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