Diabetic teacher, 26, with lung and liver conditions reveals how she ‘conquered coronavirus’ – The Sun
A DIABETIC teacher who suffers from other underlying health conditions has told how she contracted and beat coronavirus.
Sarah Hall started to feel unwell a few weeks ago – but put it down to the stresses of her job in a secondary school in North London.
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The 26-year-old, who in addition to having Type 1 diabetes, also has a condition known as A1AT which affects her lung and liver.
She told the Daily Telegraph that a day later she developed a cough and felt freezing so she was advised by her employer to self-isolate for 14 days.
Sarah soon began to suspect she may have caught coronavirus and called NHS 111.
She said: "I struggled to breathe and felt constantly dizzy – I felt like I was about to pass out. But I tried to keep calm, drink plenty of water and keep as busy as I could."
A couple of days later, she thought she was starting to feel better as her coughing had eased, her breathing was steadier and her fever wasn't as erratic.
But by the following afternoon, her condition took a turn.
Sarah says she started sweating before blacking out on multiple occasions.
She was also going through spells of vomiting, having coughing fits and feeling dizzy as she struggled to breathe.
By the end of Friday afternoon, she had been sick four times.
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Sarah said: "At this point, I’m unsure whether to go to hospital. I feel as though I’ll be wasting valuable resources and I may be an infection risk to vulnerable patients."
At 7pm the following night, she was in a "really bad way" and called NHS 111 again.
Seven hours later she got her third call back and said she felt like the person on the phone was trying to convince her to cancel the ambulance.
She said: "My boyfriend speaks to them because I am so breathless. They tell me it will be a long wait and do I really want the ambulance? I do."
Another call came at 4am and the woman admitted that the ambulance is still going to be hours away so it would be best if she made her own way to hospital.
But she couldn't offer a taxi via the NHS because that would put others at risk.
Luckily, Sarah had recently bought a car and her boyfriend was on the insurance.
So at 5am, they packed a bag and made their way to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North West London.
Sarah was given a coronavirus test and found out later that day that she had tested positive for the disease.