A HEALTHY 20-year-old student shockingly suffered heart failure caused by Covid two weeks after she “beat a ‘mild’ case.”
Maddie Neville initially experienced loss of taste and smell, as well as a cough, when she was diagnosed with Covid in October.
Maddie Neville was just 20 when she caught Covid[/caption]
“All I had was a dry cough, and lost my taste and smell. It was super mild. No fever at all. I really didn’t feel that bad,” she told the Philly Inquirer.
After believing that she beat the virus, she traveled from Temple University, Philadelphia to her family home in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania, to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Despite receiving a negative Covid test, Neville still experienced intense chest pain and shortness of breath when she returned to college.
She was then admitted to her local hospital, where she said that her “limbs started to tingle and I passed out.
She later suffered heart failure[/caption]
“I woke up and there were 16 doctors and nurses standing around me screaming,” she told the outlet.
After her symptoms worsened, she was airlifted to the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on December 2.
She was then diagnosed with congestive heart failure brought on by complications of Covid.
Her heart was left pumping at just 10 percent of its normal capacity after suffering severe inflammation.
She is now recovering at home, while suffering with multiple physical and psychological side effects.
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Neville shared her story in order to dispel rumors that Covid is exaggerated.
“I’m a 20-year-old who still needs help in the shower and my mom has to brush my hair,” she said.
“This could be something I live with for a long time. It’s too early to tell if I’m going to have a lifelong issue with this. So it’s definitely scary.”