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34-Year-Old Coronavirus Survivor Says She’s Still Recovering 5 Months Later
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Micaela Ashton spent almost two weeks at UPMC Shadyside fighting for her life with COVID-19. She tested positive for the virus back in March and says it’s still a battle to catch her breath and work a full day without taking multiple breaks.
“I flat out asked the nurses if I was going to die,” she says.
Ashton remembers asking that question right before she was about to be put on a ventilator.
“It was very surreal in the ICU with all these tubes and drains coming from everywhere. It was insane,” she says.
The 34-year-old newlywed now looks back and said she still can’t believe she’s dealing with some side effects more than five months later.
“I think the biggest thing is the strength and endurance from being wiped out,” says Ashton. It’s something she’s currently going to physical therapy for help with.
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