A TRAINEE doctor who ended up on life support after contracting coronavirus has warned that anyone can get it — and even fit and healthy people can face a long road to recovery.
Dr Shanath Ramachandran, 26, who works at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Cheshire, began feeling fatigue and nausea and started vomiting on April 5.
Over the next seven days, he developed a fever, along with muscle pain and breathlessness.
On April 12, he was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.
There, he underwent tests for suspected Covid-19, and was given antibiotics and fluids. However, within 12 hours his condition had significantly deteriorated and he was transferred to intensive care and put on a ventilator. He remained on the ventilator for six days, followed by 48 hours in the critical care unit. After being discharged, he spent six weeks recovering at his parents’ home.
Dr Ramachandran said: ‘My recovery has been a slow, arduous and often frustrating process. I am much better now, however there is still some way to go. I’ve been advised that it can take up to a year to get back to normal.’
He added: ‘This disease can affect anybody regardless of how healthy they are — and the consequences can be stark. It is vital the public continue to be wary.’
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