A care worker who suffered a “near-death” ordeal after catching Covid-19 made a heartbreaking plea to anti-vaxxers.
Caroline Louise Burns tested positive for covid in January 2021 and, despite being unwell at the time, she didn’t feel bad enough to need medical attention, North Wales Live reports.
The 42-year-old, from North Wales, returned to work but still felt unwell weeks later and in April, went to A&E with “excruciating pain”.
She also suffered a seizure for the first time in her life.
Caroline said: “One night, I was in such pain that I was rocking myself on the sofa and I was thinking maybe I had gallstones.
“I drove myself to hospital, and to this day I have no idea how I got there as I was in such agony. I didn’t even park my car in a proper parking spot. I just took myself into A&E.”
Doctors assessed Ms Burns, and one medic correctly guessed she had fluid on her lungs as a result of catching covid.
She said she had a four-minute seizure due to her temperature “rocketing” and believes she would not be here today if she had not been vaccinated.
The care worker added: “A huge needle was used to take the liquid out of my lungs, and all this black sticky fluid came out because of the infection.
“I had two CT scans, two MRI scans and one fractured sternum from heaving so bad with nausea. I had to take one month off work.
“Thankfully, I’d had two jabs because I’m a care manager and work in a residential home so had them early.
“The medics said I was lucky to have had them, and I really don’t think I’d be here today if I hadn’t, as it was a near death experience.”
Ms Burns was suffering from long-covid and pneumonia and is using her experience to raise awareness for those who do not take covid seriously.
Now, she cannot breathe properly due to damaged lungs and is always fatigued.
She said: “I’ve come across people that just don’t believe there even is covid and haven’t been jabbed. I’d just like to tell them it’s very real.
“My hair has also thinned out, and I don’t think I have an immune system any more,” she said.
“But I’m one of the lucky ones. Without my vaccines, I wouldn’t be here now.”
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