- Chilah Harper is one of many patients who lived to tell about recovering from the coronavirus
- The 44-year-old Farmington resident started feeling sick on March 16 with terrible body aches and a fever of 103
- Harper was admitted to and spent 10 days at Beaumont Health network’s flagship hospital in Royal Oak, USA
In the wake and spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many have lost their lives but Chilah Harper of Farmington is one of many patients who lived to tell about recovering from severe lung disease caused by the coronavirus.
Blackculturenews.com writes that Chilah Harper is also one of nearly 12,800 cases of Covid-19 in Michigan, USA.
She gleefully narrates that she beat Covid-19 and was going home.
The 44-year-old Farmington resident, a CPR trainer at the VA hospital in Detroit, spent 10 days at Beaumont Health network’s flagship hospital in Royal Oak. She was discharged Tuesday, March 31.
Briefly.co.za learned that in an interview, she described how the ordeal began on March 22, 2020. Chilah indicated that she felt like someone was cutting off her air.
''My chest was very tight, I felt like I was just gasping for air."
Harper says that’s when she knew it was time to take action.
She took immediate action to drive herself to the hospital because the Covid-19 at the time had become severe.
After she arrived at the hospital, she was admitted immediately and staff started critical care.
''I had rationalised everything in my head because, you know, I knew people were dying, and I didn’t see any other avenue for me,'' said Harper.
She visited Beaumont-Dearborn the very next morning, got screened and they determined that she needed to be tested for Covid-19.
Harper was placed in quarantine at home for seven days until she got her results back.
''I had the worst body pains you could imagine. Even the soles of my feet hurt. I waited for my results and didn’t hear anything. By Saturday, March 21, I had lost almost 12 pounds — no appetite. I couldn’t tolerate food or drinks. And then I started coughing. Not much, but a little,'' she recounted.
On Sunday, March 22, 2020, she recalls waking up and feeling like she was being strangled.
At Beaumont, her oxygen level was at 82%, and even with oxygen, she still couldn’t breathe.
She described her three or four nights at the hospital as ''absolutely horrific''.
According to Harper, at a point, she had acute hypoexmic respiratory failure, severe sepsis, pneumonia and dehydration.
Having survived, Harper says her heart is so full from all of the love and support she have received.
"I’m a Covid-19 survivor, though I still have weeks of recovery."
Meanwhile, the BBC reports that more than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally, the latest figures are from Johns Hopkins University.
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