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"I Almost Died": Indian-Origin COVID-19 Survivor In UK Shares Her Story

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Coronavirus UK - 'I Almost Died': Indian-Origin COVID-19 Survivor In UK Shares Her Story

UK COVID-19 Cases: Sales executive Ria Lakhani is relieved that she was able to fight the virus

London:

“I almost died,” recalls Indian-origin Ria Lakhani, still struggling to breath normally, days after surviving a severe case of coronavirus that has killed over 7,000 people in the UK.

“It (breathing) used to be such a natural action but now I have to remember how to inhale and exhale,” the BBC quoted her as saying from her home in north-west London.

In self-isolation, she still cannot hug her husband, or see her parents and siblings. She still wakes up at night struggling to breathe.

Ms Lakhani, a sales executive, started to show symptoms of COVID-19 while in hospital, where she was admitted for an operation.

Seven years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare condition which makes swallowing difficult. The surgery was designed to help her manage this oesophageal disease, called achalasia, the report said.
Though her admission to hospital was supposed to be a routine one, the situation became serious very soon. She began to struggle with her breathing and then developed a temperature.

While everyone hoped it was just a side-effect of her surgery, a COVID-19 swab test was taken as a precaution. But to the surprise of all, it turned positive for coronavirus.

Soon her room was cordoned off and the rest of the ward evacuated.

As her condition deteriorated, she required more oxygen. She was then shifted to one of London’s major COVID-19 treatment centres.

“Things went from bad to worse – taking a breath became as hard as climbing a mountain,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I almost died,” she says, speaking from home to the BBC.

“I almost didn’t come out of there. There was a point when I actually started to write difficult messages to my family. I almost died now I’m alive. How can life go back to normal after that?”

Ms Lakhani is still not clear whether she developed pneumonia but says even now, from her recovery bed at home in Harrow she can hear a “crackling sound” in her lungs”.

According to the World Health Organization, most people (about 80 per cent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Ms Lakhani said her recovery has been slow. In hospital, she could barely move at first and was given morphine on top of the oxygen because of the pain.

She praised the medical staff who treated her. They are “true heroes,” she said.

“It was the small wins and things like the nurses making sure Iris had a constant supply of hot tea and a sneaky extra slice of cake that made me smile.”

At home, she has to maintain a distance from her husband and continues to be besieged by coughing fits.

But she’s relieved that she was able to fight the virus, especially considering how many people have died.

The UK’s death toll in the coronavirus pandemic continues to rise and hit 7,097 on Wednesday – a record increase of 938 in a day. The government has urged the public to continue to follow strict social distancing rules before a decision to review the measures can be taken.

The UK also has over 55,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, putting immense pressure on the country’s medical system.

“I can’t explain the moment I left the hospital, I”ll never take anything for granted again,” she added.

World

14,84,993Cases
10,66,534Active
3,29,909Recovered
88,550Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 184 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 14,84,993 and 88,550 have died; 10,66,534 are active cases and 3,29,909 have recovered as on April 9, 2020 at 9:06 am.

India

5,734 540Cases
5,095 452Active
473 71Recovered
166 17Deaths
In India, there are 5,734 confirmed cases including 166 deaths. The number of active cases is 5,095 and 473 have recovered as on April 9, 2020 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases
Mumbai378
Pune97
Mumbai Suburban65
Thane29
Sangli24
Ahmednagar17
Nagpur16
Palghar6
Aurangabad6
Raigad6
Latur5
Yavatmal4
Satara4
Buldhana4
Osmanabad4
Ratnagiri2
Washim1
Sindhudurg1
Nashik1
Amravati1
Kolhapur1
Jalgaon1
Hingoli1
Gondia1
Details Awaited*460

1135 117

946 71

117 38

72 8

DistrictCases
Chennai114
Coimbatore58
Dindigul44
Tirunelveli38
Erode32
Tiruchirappalli30
Namakkal27
Ranipet24
Karur23
Theni22
Madurai19
Chengalpattu19
Villupuram16
Tiruppur14
Cuddalore13
Thiruvallur12
Thiruvarur12
Nagapattinam11
Salem11
Virudhunagar11
Thoothukudi10
Tiruvannamalai9
Thanjavur8
Kanchipuram7
Vellore6
Kanniyakumari6
Sivaganga5
The Nilgiris4
Tirupattur4
Ramanathapuram2
Kallakurichi2
Ariyalur1
Details Awaited*124

738 48

709 45

21 2

8 1

DistrictCases
South149
Central96
North58
New Delhi52
Shahdara46
South West20
East14
West14
South East13
North East11
North West9
Details Awaited*187

669 93

639 93

21

9

DistrictCases
Hyderabad149
Nizamabad25
Medchal Malkajgiri16
Warangal Urban14
Ranga Reddy11
Jogulamba Gadwal10
Nalgonda9
Kamareddy8
Mahabubnagar8
Suryapet8
Karimnagar7
Adilabad7
Bhadradri Kothagudem4
Vikarabad4
Jagitial4
Nirmal4
Sangareddy3
Peddapalli2
Medak2
Nagarkurnool2
Mulugu1
Jangoan1
Mahabubabad1
Jayashankar Bhupalapally1
Details Awaited*126

427

385

35

7

DistrictCases
Jaipur67
Jodhpur29
Bhilwara23
Jhunjhunu18
Tonk11
Churu7
Ajmer5
Bikaner5
Dausa5
Dungarpur5
Bharatpur4
Alwar3
Pali2
Pratapgarh2
Jaisalmer2
Nagaur2
Kota1
Sikar1
Dholpur1
Udaipur1
Banswara1
Details Awaited*186

381 53

357 53

21

3

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar28
Agra13
Meerut12
Lucknow7
Ghaziabad6
Ghazipur3
Varanasi3
Baghpat2
Moradabad2
Bareilly1
Jaunpur1
Kanpur Nagar1
Kheri1
Pilibhit1
Shamli1
Details Awaited*279

361 18

330 16

27 1

4 1

DistrictCases
Kurnool40
Spsr Nellore15
Krishna11
Visakhapatnam11
Guntur10
Y.s.r. Kadapa7
Chittoor6
Anantapur3
Prakasam3
East Godavari2
West Godavari2
Details Awaited*238

348 43

338 42

6 1

4

DistrictCases
Kasaragod139
Kannur47
Ernakulam22
Thiruvananthapuram15
Pathanamthitta14
Malappuram11
Thrissur10
Idukki8
Kozhikode7
Palakkad6
Kollam5
Kottayam3
Wayanad3
Alappuzha2
Details Awaited*53

345 9

260

83 13

2

DistrictCases
Indore101
Bhopal42
Morena12
Jabalpur7
Ujjain7
Barwani3
Khargone3
Chhindwara2
Gwalior2
Shivpuri2
Vidisha1
Details Awaited*47

229

216

0

13

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Urban55
Mysuru34
Chikballapur10
Bidar10
Uttar Kannad10
Belagavi7
Dakshin Kannad7
Ballari6
Udupi4
Bengaluru Rural4
Kalaburagi4
Bagalkot3
Davangere2
Dharwad1
Tumakuru1
Kodagu1
Chitradurga1
Details Awaited*21

181 6

148 2

28 3

5 1

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad66
Surat16
Bhavnagar12
Gandhinagar12
Vadodara12
Rajkot9
Porbandar3
Patan2
Mahesana2
Kachchh2
Gir Somnath2
Panch Mahals1
Jamnagar1
Chhotaudepur1
Morbi1
Botad1
Details Awaited*36

179 14

138 11

25

16 3

DistrictCases
Srinagar21
Bandipora11
Badgam7
Udhampur4
Jammu3
Rajauri3
Baramulla2
Pulwama2
Shopian2
Details Awaited*103

158 42

150 40

4

4 2

DistrictCases
Gurugram31
Faridabad14
Palwal13
Nuh8
Ambala4
Panipat4
Sirsa3
Bhiwani2
Panchkula2
Hisar1
Kaithal1
Karnal1
Rohtak1
Sonipat1
Details Awaited*61

147

116

28

3

DistrictCases
Kolkata31
Howrah10
Medinipur East7
Nadia5
Kalimpong5
Hooghly4
Jalpaiguri4
24 Paraganas North3
24 Paraganas South3
Purba Bardhaman3
Paschim Bardhaman2
Darjeeling1
Medinipur West1
Details Awaited*24

103 4

82 1

16 3

5

DistrictCases
S.a.s Nagar24
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18
Amritsar10
Hoshiarpur6
Jalandhar6
Ludhiana5
Mansa5
Ropar3
Fatehgarh Sahib2
Pathankot2
Sas Mohali1
Moga1
Barnala1
Patiala1
Faridkot1
Kapurthala1
Details Awaited*14

101 10

89 9

4

8 1

DistrictCases
Khordha27
Bhadrak3
Cuttack2
Kalahandi1
Kendrapara1
Puri1
Details Awaited*7

42

39

2

1

DistrictCases
Patna5
Munger4
Saharsa2
Begusarai1
Lakhisarai1
Nalanda1
Siwan1
Details Awaited*23

38

37

0

1

DistrictCases
Dehradun13
Udam Singh Nagar4
Nainital3
Almora1
Pauri Garhwal1
Details Awaited*11

33 2

28 2

5

0

DistrictCases
Golaghat9
Goalpara3
Marigaon3
Karimganj1
Nalbari1
Details Awaited*11

28 1

28 1

0

0

DistrictCases
Chandigarh18

18

11

7

0

DistrictCases
Kangra3
Details Awaited*15

18

15

2

1

DistrictCases
Leh Ladakh11
Kargil2
Details Awaited*1

14

4

10

0

DistrictCases
North And Middle Andaman7
South Andamans3
Details Awaited*1

11 1

11 1

0

0

DistrictCases
Raipur4
Bilaspur1
Durg1
Rajnandgaon1
Details Awaited*3

10

1

9

0

DistrictCases
North Goa4
South Goa1
Details Awaited*2

7

7

0

0

DistrictCases
Mahe1
Details Awaited*4

5

4

1

0

DistrictCases
Details Awaited*4

4

4

0

0

DistrictCases
Imphal West1
Thoubal1
Details Awaited*-1

1

0

1 1

0

DistrictCases
Aizawl1

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases
Gomati1

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases
Details Awaited*1

1

1

0

0



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