Nake Bhupal was tasked with calling someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Fraser Health Region to do an assessment and see how they were doing.
As soon as the person answered the phone, Bhupal said he knew something was seriously wrong.
“I was working overtime that night because it was part of wave three and I had two coworkers with me and no supervisor in the room, so I called my file because I was supposed to do just one assessment and ask her how she was going to do it, ”Bhupal told Global News.
When she answered the phone, I heard a little gasp and couldn’t make out any words other than “I can’t take it out”. so i quickly told him you had nothing else to say just make sure your door is unlocked if you can and someone will come and help you.
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It was at this point that Bhupal picked up his cell phone and called 911, telling them he was a CDC contact tracer and his client had severe respiratory symptoms.
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He said he must have hung up at that point and only found out what happened to the woman a week later when he received an email from his nursing nurse intensive.
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“Apparently she had woken up in intensive care and she was so grateful that I joined her on time, really lucky that I was able to call at this perfect time,” Bhupal said. “A lot of people are a little stubborn with COVID, so it’s very often that we find people who have severe symptoms but play it down. “
Bhupal said it is important for everyone to know that symptoms of COVID can get worse very quickly and that people need to get help immediately if their condition worsens.
“We tell people this over the phone, but it’s difficult when it comes to a new virus and we don’t know how our body will react,” he added.
Bhupal said it was a miracle he said he was just doing his job and now was the right time for her.
The woman has now contacted Bhupal and the two are planning to meet for a visit at some point.
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