‘It can happen to anyone’: Vancouver woman, 31, nearly dies from COVID-19


VANCOUVER – Like many young people, Alison Lowe admits she didn’t take COVID-19 too seriously last summer, instead enjoying gatherings with her group of friends. “We made the most of our summer. We thought we were invincible, we really honestly thought we were invincible. I thought I was invincible, she said.

At the end of August, a member of his group tested positive for the virus. On September 6, Lowe was bedridden and a week later she was hospitalized. On September 15, the 31-year-old financial planner from Vancouver was put on a ventilator where she would remain, clinging to life, for 16 days.

“I was in and out of the sedation. I remember I had arterial lines, I pulled them out, I remember blood squirting. And then they held me back, ”Lowe said, adding that it was very scary because she was sometimes aware of the tube in her throat but couldn’t move.

And if her condition didn’t improve on the ventilator, doctors weren’t optimistic that she would survive. “The next step would have been a tracheostomy, so they were really surprised that I was successful,” Lowe said. “They said you were among the two percent that would happen, and also the two percent that survive.”

Lowe’s breathing tube was removed two weeks ago and she returned home on October 10. She is still on steroids and supplemental oxygen.

“It’s always very difficult for me to go up and down the stairs,” she said, the fan’s voice still hoarse. “Because of the intubation, it affects your vocal cords. Hopefully I should get this back in a few weeks, we’ll see.

If some symptoms persist, for Lowe, being home after a month of hospitalization is a great relief. “So good not to smell the hospital anymore. So good to have a shower at home.

It is not medically out of the woods. When doctors were treating her COVID, they found a large lump in her chest that likely made her infection worse.

“The prognosis, we still don’t know. In November we’ll have my biopsy, ”she said of the tumor, which was a pre-existing condition she didn’t know she had.

So Lowe’s message to everyone this fall, especially young people who still feel invincible?

“It can happen to anyone. It really is possible.


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