A woman with Covid who spent days in a coma has made a remarkable recovery and now can plan for her wedding after her boyfriend proposed to her.
The family of Christine Smith, 36, from South Bank, near Middlesbrough, were told to prepare for the worse as her condition deteriorated and she was put on a ventilator as she fought Covid.
But what happened next astounded both doctors on the intensive care ward at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the care worker’s family back at home in South Bank.
After days spent in a coma, unaware of how dangerously ill she was, she suddenly woke up, sat up and called her mum, reports TeessideLive.
And now, instead of planning her funeral, her amazed and delighted family are helping Christine plan a wedding after she returned home to a street full of cheering people – and a marriage proposal from fiancé Mark Squires.
Christine says she didn’t know a thing about how ill she had been until after her ordeal was over. She now realises how lucky she is and she’s urging others not to take coronavirus lightly.
“I don’t know how I got it,” said Christine, who lives with Mark in South Bank.
“At first I thought it was a chest infection but I kept throwing up and after a call to 111, they said go in to hospital.
“They did a test there and found out it was Covid and admitted me – that was on July 8. I stayed on a ward for four days and I was fine, I had some oxygen, and then all I remember after that is waking up and the doctor saying ‘come with us now or you are going to die’. I don’t remember anything after that.”
Christine’s condition had rapidly worsened and she was put on a ventilator in intensive care. Medical staff rang her family to warn them to prepare for the worst – but then something miraculous happened.
She woke up and asked to call home even though she didn’t know what day it was or how long she’d been out. It turned out to be her mum’s birthday and all the family were at home, cheering and clapping when they saw who was calling.
She’s now been out of hospital for three weeks and is recovering, albeit slowly. She had a busy job, was always on the go and on the bike at the gym but has has found she now can’t even hang the washing out without getting exhausted.
Above all, though, she’s just grateful to be here.
She said: “They said I’d be in a coma for seven to 10 days, if I wasn’t put into one they said to my family she’s not going to make it. After the third day, they called my mam to get her to speak to me to see if I could recognise her voice to wake me up, I didn’t.
“And then one day I woke up shouting ‘phone my mum’ hysterically. I just shouted ‘I’m alive! I’m alive!’
“I was clapped out of the ward by all the nurses, the full street was out cheering, it was really emotional.
“And then Mark proposed – he thought he was going to lose me and then that’s it, we’re planning a wedding now,” said Christine.
“People think coronavirus is only this or only that but once you have been in that situation, you realise it’s not.”