The 37-year-old woman claims she now has diabetes and high blood pressure, which she did not have prior to contracting COVID-19. The woman, who is still recovering from the effects of the Coronavirus, claims doctors told her her lungs were failing just two days after she was admitted to the hospital. The young woman was diagnosed with COVID and placed in a medically induced coma. She was on a ventilator for 31 days. She is still dealing with the physical and mental toll of the virus, she said, more than two years after testing positive for it.
Heather-Elizabeth Brown, a 37-year-old woman from Michigan, told Good Morning America in an interview that she is thankful and grateful for her life after surviving COVID-19. The corporate training consultant was placed in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator for 31 days in 2020. According to reports, the 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with COVID-induced pneumonia in both lungs and was placed on the highest level of oxygen. Her lungs were failing within two days of being admitted, according to medical personnel.
According to ABC News, the 37-year-old woman complained about having trouble breathing and being tired in April 2020. Heather Elizabeth stated that she could barely perform basic functions to care for herself. Her symptoms worsened, so she went to the hospital. An X-ray scan revealed that the woman had COVID-induced pneumonia in both lungs. Heather-Elizabeth was diagnosed with COVID and placed on the highest level of oxygen, according to GMA.
Her lungs were collapsing after two days in the hospital, she claimed. Unfortunately, the 37-year-old woman was then placed on a ventilator and placed in a medically induced coma. She was reportedly on the ventilator for one month.
Heather-Elizabeth Brown reportedly told Good Morning America: “It was an experience that I don’t think I can explain adequately. I had a lot of vivid dreams and nightmares. The whole left side of my body was so weak, I couldn’t even hit the call button for the nurses. I was able to FaceTime with my mother but no one was able to visit me in the hospital.”
Heather-Elizabeth had no idea she’d have to relearn something as simple as walking. The 37-year-old woman spent about two months in rehabilitation and went through months of physical therapy, pulmonary therapy, and occupational therapy.
According to her, the young woman still walks with a limp. She also had physical therapy to help her recover from her extended stay in the intensive care unit for COVID-19. According to ABC News, Brown now manages diabetes and high blood pressure, which she did not have prior to contracting COVID-19. She had been on a lot of insulin for a long time, she explained.
The corporate training consultant also revealed to GMA that she was suffering from nerve pain and brain fog. Brown also claims to have post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of her ICU stay.
She also claimed that doctors told her she may have had a mini-stroke as a result of the blood clots that COVID patients continue to experience.
The brave woman is now devoting much of her time to long-hauler advocacy and serving as a community voice. Brown is currently involved with several support and advocacy groups for COVID-19 survivors, according to reports.
Heather-Elizabeth Brown reportedly told Good Morning America:
“I am a fierce advocate for the COVID-19 long hauler community and for people who have survived this, and for families who are dealing with it in any capacity. I take seriously the position I’ve been given to be able to just encourage people and to let people know that even though it can be difficult and even though it can be scary it’s definitely something that people can overcome. We’re keeping our feet on the gas when it comes to research and when it comes to education and when it comes to really be vocal proponents for people who have been affected by COVID.”