Nurse wakes from 28-day coma after being given Viagra before ventilator shut off

A nurse who spent 45 days fighting for her life and 28 days in a coma after contacting Covid-19 was finally cured in a "Christmas miracle" when she was given Viagra.

Monica Almeida, who had taken both her vaccines, tested positive for the virus and ended up being rushed to hospital where she went straight to the resuscitation room

The 37-year-old was critically ill and just 72 hours away from having her ventilator turned off when quick-thinking doctors decided to give her a large dose of the drug associated with erectile dysfunction.

Within days, her breathing had improved and the level of oxygen she needed had dropped by half.

The mum-of-two told the Lincolnlite: "It was definitely the Viagra that saved me. Within 48 hours it opened up my airwaves and my lungs started to respond.

"If you think how the drug works, it expands your blood vessels. I have asthma and my air sacks needed a little help."

Following the experimental treatment, the specialist respiratory nurse from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, made it home for Christmas to celebrate with her loved ones after nearly two months stuck in a hospital bed.

Ms Almeida has now praised the creative staff at Lincoln County Hospital for giving her Viagra and saving her life.

She said: "I had a little joke with the consultant after I came round because I knew him.

"He told me it was the Viagra, I laughed and thought he was joking, but he said, ‘no, really, you’ve had a large dose of Viagra. It was my little Christmas miracle."

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Ms Almeida, who is also asthmatic, is now on the road to recovery, but doctors told her that if she had not been double-jabbed, she would have died.

She tested positive for Covid-19 back in October and within days she lost her sense of smell and taste before starting to cough blood.

But when the nurse went to A&E, she was discharged with a prescription and no treatment.

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Within two hours of being home, Ms Almeida woke up coughing and could not breathe properly so her husband called 999.

She was taken to the ICU and placed in a coma on November 16 with her condition so severe, her parents were told to fly from Portugal to say their final goodbyes. By December 14 she was fully awake.

After her discharge from the hospital, she said: "I never expected at 37 years of age to get as ill as I did.

"I never thought this would happen to me and I want people to take it more seriously."

Ms Almeida urged people to make a donation to the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity.

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