Chilah Harper: Lady who survived COVID-19 shares near-death experience (photo)

Chilah Harper: Lady who survived COVID-19 shares near-death experience (photo)

- Chilah Harper is one of many patients who lived to tell about recovering from coronavirus

- The 44-year-old Farmington resident started feeling sick on March 16, 2020, with terrible body aches and a fever temperature of 103

- Harper was admitted and spent 10 days at Beaumont Health network’s flagship hospital in Royal Oak

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In the wake and spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many have lost their lives but Chilah Harper of Farmington, is one of many patients who lived to tell about recovering from severe lung disease caused by the coronavirus.

Blackculturenews.com writes that Chilah Harper is also one of nearly 12,800 cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, USA.

She gleefully narrates that she beat COVID-19 and now going home.

The 44-year-old Farmington resident, a CPR trainer at the VA hospital in Detroit, spent 10 days at Beaumont Health network’s flagship hospital in Royal Oak. She was discharged Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

In an interview, she described how the ordeal began on March 22, 2020. Chilah indicated that she felt like someone was cutting off her air.

''My chest was very tight, I felt like I was just gasping for air." Harper says that’s when she knew it was time to take action.

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She took immediate action to drive herself to the hospital because the COVID-19 at the time had become severe.

After she arrived at the hospital, she was admitted immediately and staff started critical care.

''I had rationalized everything in my head because, you know, I knew people were dying, and I didn’t see any other avenue for me,'' said Harper.

Harper started feeling sick on March 16, 2020, with terrible body aches and a fever temperature of 103.

She visited Beaumont-Dearborn the very next morning, got screened and they determined that she needed to be tested for COVID-19.

Harper was placed in quarantine at home for seven days until she got her results back.

''I had the worst body pains you could imagine. Even the soles of my feet hurt. I waited for my results and didn’t hear anything. By Saturday, March 21, I had lost almost 12 pounds — no appetite. I couldn’t tolerate food or drinks. And then I started coughing. Not much, but a little,'' she recounted.

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, she recalls waking up and feeling like she was being strangled.

At Beaumont, her oxygen level was at 82%, and even with oxygen, she still couldn’t breathe.

She described her three or four nights at the hospital as ''absolutely horrific''.

According to Harper, at a point, she had acute hypoexmic respiratory failure, COVID-19 Infection, severe sepsis, pneumonia and dehydration.

Having survived, Harper says her heart is so full from all of the love and support she have received.

"I’m a COVID-19 survivor, though I still have weeks of recovery."

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that more than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered globally, the latest figures are from Johns Hopkins University.

In other news, Ghana has 214 confirmed coronavirus cases with five deaths and three recoveries.

In a related development, Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo has delivered his fifth address to the nation in the wake and spread of the coronavirus pandemic that has compelled the government to take stringent measures to stem its spread.

President Akufo-Addo, in a televised broadcast to the nation on Sunday, April 5, 2020, delivered an update on the latest enhanced measures taken by the government in the fight for the preventive and containment of the coronavirus pandemic.

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