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Guildford mum of three shares her experience after recovering from coronavirus

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Guildford mum of three shares her experience after recovering from coronavirus

Published at 2:42pm 22nd May 2020.

A Guildford mum has shared her experience after she was diagnosed with coronavirus. 

Kelly who has asthma says she felt like she was 'going to stop breathing and take her last breath'.

The 41 who works at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust as a maternity transitional care support worker first started feeling unwell back in March before lockdown. 

Royal Surrey

Describing her symptoms, Kelly says the first indication of something being wrong was a headache and a feeling of confusion, this progressed and she developed a very high temperature and shortness of breath:

"I was completely drained and very scared.

"I felt exhausted just getting up to visit the bathroom and I felt like I was going to stop breathing and take my last breath."

As Kelly's condition worsened she visited A&E at the Royal Surrey.

There she underwent a number of tests and scans, she was then told she had COVID-19. 

"The organisation of the Emergency Department was outstanding.

"Everyone knew their role, and everyone was looking out for one another.

"Everything was done very efficiently and was explained to me thoroughly – I felt very cared for.

"The Emergency Department consultant who cared for me even called the next day to check on me."

Kelly did not have to be admitted to hospital and she spent three weeks in self-isolation at home with her husband and three daughters. 

Offering some advice to people that may be worried about experiencing symptoms, Kelly said:

"If you have trouble breathing, try not to worry as this makes your heart race and breathing worse - keep calm and seek medical assistance.

"It is so important to give yourself time to recover afterwards and not to pressure yourself to get back to normal too quickly - it may be a while before you can do everything you did before."

Dr Monica Minardi, Consultant and Clinical Lead for the Emergency Department, said:

"The Emergency Department is here for everyone who feels they need urgent treatment and people should not be reluctant to come to us because of Covid-19.

"The department is well-prepared, and everything is planned in order to protect people and staff from infection."

Kelly has now fully recovered and is back full time at work.