Nurse who served on the coronavirus frontline said she could never work again


A nurse in Liverpool who treated patients with Covid-19 during the pandemic has learned that she will never work again after falling seriously ill. Caroline Quinn, who was a registered nurse at Aintree Hospital, was on the front line, making changes in services as hospital staff battled to save the lives of Covid patients in March.

In April, the hard-working mother-of-four fell seriously ill and was quickly admitted to Aintree as a patient after suffering from relentless nausea.

Caroline, 41, of Walton, was later diagnosed with gastroparesis and intestinal dysmotility. She then suffered from re-feeding syndrome, a potentially fatal condition when the body rejects food.

Her stomach is no longer functioning normally and she cannot eat or drink. Her consultant told Caroline she would no longer work because of her serious health problem.

Caroline said that although she tested negative for Covid, she believes she contracted the virus at some point in the past.

She said: “When the pandemic started, I was advised to protect myself because I have asthma. But they were so overworked at work that I just couldn’t stay home.

“I have been a nurse for 20 years and wanted to be there to help.

Liverpool nurse Caroline Quinn can no longer work after falling seriously ill while working with Covid patients

“But in April, I started to feel bad. I ended up in bed at home. The main symptom was incessant vomiting. But I also suffered from acute lethargy – some days I couldn’t get out of bed.

“I ended up being admitted to Aintree. I had several Covid tests but they all came back negative. My opinion is that I had Covid.

“My symptoms have been felt by other victims of Covid and I think I contracted the virus. But I can’t prove it at this point.

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“I know our understanding of Covid and its consequences is still at an early stage. We will learn more over time.

“Yes, it was my choice to go to work and everyone at Aintree was very supportive.

“It’s just hard to know that I won’t be working anymore. My consultant explained to me that my symptoms would prevent me from returning to nursing or any other workplace for that matter.

“I still suffer from frequent vomiting. I now rely on a tube for food and water. I can no longer eat or drink. I’m at a baptism today and just got to sit here while everyone’s having fun.

“But looking back, I could have died, so I have to be thankful. ”

Caroline stressed that she in no way blames the Aintree hospital for what happened to her.

The nurse told ECHO that she now needed a gastric pacemaker which would help her cope with her symptoms.

She said: ‘They usually start at around £ 17,000 but the one I need is around £ 32,000. I created a Go Fund Me page to try to raise money to help cover the costs. ”

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