Coronavirus patient suffering hallucinations thought medic was Love Island star

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A severely ill coronavirus patient started having hallucinations and ended up mistaking a paramedic for a Love Island contestant.

Amy Werner originally caught the disease in March and had been self-isolating at home in the village of Kelty, Fife, Scotland.

She initially thought it was “just a cold” but she later started getting “really worried”.

The 31-year-old’s condition deteriorated and the council worker mistook her fiance, Chris Paterson, for her mum, the Daily Record reports.

Her family called an ambulance, and Amy thought the middle-aged paramedic was Chris Taylor from Love Island.

She was taken into intensive care at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, and placed in a medically induced coma for three weeks with a tube in her throat.

Her family were told she had just 48 hours to start improving – or they would face having to turn the ventilator off.

Despite the odds, Amy miraculously began to recover.

She has since been moved to the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermlinefor daily inpatient physiotherapy and has had to relearn almost everything – including how to walk and talk.

But after her horrific six-month ordeal – in which she couldn’t see her family for five weeks – brave Amy is now due to return home.

She said: “In March, I started having coronavirus symptoms and had been self-isolating for around a week.

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“I thought it was just a cold but as it progressed I began getting really worried.

“On the 29th, my partner had to call an ambulance because I was seriously unwell, having hallucinations and running a really high temperature.

“I was crying, calling him mum and saying how unwell I felt. I had no awareness of where I was.

“I knew he was on the phone to the ambulance service but when they came I thought the male paramedic was a boy off Love Island.

“When he was putting the oxygen mask on me I thought he was putting teeth whitening strips on me.

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“It wasn’t until I got to hospital that I realised the severity of it. I was terrified and the last thing I remember is telling a nurse that I didn’t want to die.”

Amy’s worryingly low oxygen levels meant she was unable to breathe on her own.

Doctors were forced to perform a tracheotomy with a tube in her throat hooked her up to a life-saving ventilator.

It was soon discovered that she also had developed a severe case of pneumonia and her kidneys had failed, meaning she was put on dialysis.

Her terrified family braced themselves for the worst after being warned that doctors may be forced to turn off the machines.

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But the very next day, Amy managed to produce urine for the first time in a week as she slowly began to improve.

Step-mum Amy said: “I was Covid free after five weeks but the repercussions have been devastating.

“My tracheotomy tube got taken out and I had a speech therapist but thankfully my voice wasn’t affected badly, it was just weakened.

“For each day I was in intensive care, I lost 2% of muscle each day so I couldn’t walk.

“I couldn’t even hold a spoon or brush my hair. I have had to learn to do almost everything again from talking to walking.

“I have spent four months being rehabilitated by physiotherapy and I am now walking with a zimmer frame.

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“It’s the worst thing I have ever been through and knowing how close I was to death terrifies me. I will always make sure I adhere to the rules as I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

“It’s turned my life upside down. I had some really bad days and am now on medication for anxiety but going home is the boost I need.

“It’s been awful for all my family, especially because they couldn’t visit me when I was in intensive care.

“The nurses would hold my phone for me and I would do a group FaceTime call to my family and I was able to hear and see them but I could only nod in response.

“I saw my family for the first time on the day I transferred from Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline as they were waiting for me to come out of the ambulance.

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“It was amazing. I was able to see my three nephews Alfie, Ben and little Tommy, who was actually born while I was in hospital.”

Amy is now due to return home, but will not be able to sleep in her own bed yet due to a painful pressure wound on her lower back which could take up to a year to heal.

She will continue to undergo physiotherapy twice a day and hopes to soon progress from a zimmer frame to a walking stick.

Amy added: “I owe my life to the NHS. The care has been fantastic and I have the utmost respect for all workers as they work so hard and don’t get enough credit.”

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