As our country is battling against the Coronavirus, there are some who are stressed and panicking about the deadly disease. While we understand the severity of the disease, we request every citizen to maintain calm. And focus on the precautions.
Here is a story of the fight of a COVID-19 positive patient against the deadly virus. He has recently recovered from the infection and shared his story with the HoB to let people know that they can defeat the virus too.
Sharing how he got infected with COVID-19 during a work trip, he mentioned:
“I was abroad on a work trip when the COVID-19 situation worsened. Thankfully, I got a flight to come back, and didn’t have any symptoms. But 3 days later, I got a fever and a cold. I didn’t want to risk it, so I went to Kasturba and tested positive for the virus. I was scared for myself, but more so for my family.”
He further added how seeing his family suffering because of him broke his heart:
“The same day, they came in for their tests. The next day, my elder daughter tested negative and went home, but my wife and younger daughter tested positive.
It broke my heart–they were there because of me. I was scared of what was coming, what I’d put them through. But, we had to be strong.”
He shared how doctors and nurses became his most powerful strength:
“The doctors and nurses were our biggest strength. They checked on us once every hour and made sure we ate our meals– I’ve never eaten so much in my life! They’d give us our medicines and also doses of motivation. They’d say things like, ‘We’re with you!’ or ‘See, you’re already getting better!’
Thankfully, 8 days later, my younger one tested negative and went home too.”
But the work wasn’t over yet. Sharing how he just escaped the death, he added:
“But, my condition worsened– I was unable to breathe and was moved to Jaslok, where they put me on a ventilator. For the first 3 days, I was so weak and tired, I have no memory of what happened. When I woke up on day 4, I was terrified; I honestly thought it was the end. But when the head doctor told me, ‘We can get through this for your family–you have to fight!’’ His words, the staff’s relentless support and the hope of seeing my family again got me through.
The whole team worked round the clock to nurse me back to health. They were with me constantly so that I felt less alone. And if I felt low, they’d tell me ‘We will fight this, together!'”
With his courage and determination, this coronavirus warrior shared how he finally defeated the virus:
“When my condition finally improved, I called my wife who was still at Kasturba. Her health was improving too and she joked, ‘Poor you. We’ve even got a TV here!’ The environment at both hospitals was so optimistic that within a few days, we were discharged.
Once home, we self-quarantined. Both our daughters were at our relatives’ place– so we’d speak on video call everyday. My younger one came home on the 14th and now, we’re counting days until we meet our elder one, who’s in Solapur with my in–laws.”
He concludes his inspiring post, with the much-needed positive words.
“Honestly, I’ve seen the best of humanity in these past few days and while the world seems to be losing hope, I just want to say that there’s so much good left and so much to look forward to. I ended such a difficult phase in my life with two families– one that stuck by each other through it all and the other family who we all owe our lives to– the doctors and nurses who proved that humanity is worth fighting for.”
We hope that his experience will encourage others to come forward if they have symptoms and accurately report their travel histories. And that his story will inspire many to defeat this deadly virus.