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Fatima Bridle’s remarkable recovery will give hope to Kate Garraway


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FATIMA’S story will give hope to others, such as TV presenter Kate Garraway whose husband Derek Draper has been in hospital since March.

For Fatima spent a remarkably long time on a ventilator and her recovery so far is equally remarkable.

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Fatima Bridle, 35, spent 130 days in hospital battling coronavirus

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Her remarkably story of recovery will give hope to other victims, such as Kate Garraway’s husband Derek[/caption]

Covid-19 is a new infection so experts still don’t know all about it.

It has been clear from the start seriously ill patients need the help of a ventilator because they are no longer able to breathe for themselves.

The most common method is via a tube down the windpipe attached to the ventilator. But this does present dangers.

Within ten days, a tracheostomy is often done through the neck to ease pressure on the windpipe, save vocal cords and reduce the need for sedatives.

Fatima’s amazing stats

40 days in a coma

105 days on ventilation

120 days in intensive care

130 days in hospital so far, from March 12 to July 19

Apart from the risk also of life-threatening lung infections, long-term ventilating has also been linked with muscle weakness, nerve problems, and nutritional complications.

Some half of patients who need a ventilator survive. Not using one if needed tends to be fatal quickly.

But a lot of research is going on into what many now call “long Covid” — a condition that has both physical and mental health symptoms.


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