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'This disease does not care that you are young' - Healthcare worker shares story of COVID-19

A healthcare worker has pleaded with the public to take the coronavirus seriously, after he was l...
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.24 28 Sep 2020


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'This disease does not care th...

'This disease does not care that you are young' - Healthcare worker shares story of COVID-19

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

18.24 28 Sep 2020


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A healthcare worker has pleaded with the public to take the coronavirus seriously, after he was left in a coma for two months.

Jerick Martin was admitted to ICU with COVID-19, and says he now suffers from several conditions because of the virus.

"I know from personal experience how dangerous this virus is.

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"I was a fit and healthy man in my 30s working and enjoying my life with my wife and my daughter.

"I caught COVID-19 and within five days of experiencing my first symptoms I was admitted to hospital, where I spent 68 days in intensive care, most of that time on a ventilator, in an induced coma.

"I was told by my doctor that I would be in the induced coma for a few days, but I actually woke up two months later.

"The impact of that is very frightening and it will have long-lasting effects.

"This disease does not care that you are young, fit and healthy.

"It does not care that you have a family who love you and who are waiting for you to come home. Anyone can catch it, and anyone can become very sick.

"I am very grateful to be alive, and I would like people to realise the effect that COVID-19 can easily have on you."

'My life has changed'

He added: "Being in an induced coma on a ventilator means that you are unconscious and a machine has to breathe for you.

"I had multi-organ failure, and my family had to cope with me being unable to respond to them, unable to hear them, surrounded by machinery and tubes in a hospital bed.

"My wife says this was a living hell for her. She thought I was going to die, and the hospital had to ring her twice to tell her that I might not live.

"I eventually began to recover, thanks to the staff in Beaumont Hospital and the family and friends who prayed for me, and I was able to go home.

"Even now, my life and my health have changed.

"I lost three and a half stone in weight. I have diabetes, shortness of breath and hypertension.

Jerick Martin Healthcare worker Jerick Martin, who survived COVID-19, at a briefing in the Department of Health in Dublin. Picture by: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

"I did not have these conditions before. Now, I need an inhaler and I am short of breath going up or down the stairs."

"I don’t know what the longer term effects are going to be.

"I am asking now for everyone to be careful. Take this virus very seriously."

Dr Michael Power, a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Beaumount Hospital, said: "Jerick Martin’s story and experience tell us that the COVID virus was and remains unforgiving, unrelenting and dangerous.

"It reminds us that compliance with public health measures is to key to limiting the spread of this disease."

Main image: Healthcare worker Jerick Martin, who survived COVID-19, at a briefing in the Department of Health in Dublin. Picture by: Sam Boal / RollingNews.ie

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