On April 21, Archana Devi , 45 was admitted to Lala Lajpat rai medical college in Meerut-with severe Covid symptoms, barely able to breathe and still in deteriorating condition her family almost had given up but But after many scares and near-misses over 100 days, one of the longest Covid hospitalizations in India, Archana beat the coronavirus and walked out on Friday.
“I survived for my family,” Archana said after being discharged. “I remember a day when I thought that was it. The pain was too much to bear. But what held me back was my son’s voice. He kept saying everything would be fine.”
Puneet Kumar, her elder son, said, “Almost every patient coming to the ward was dying within a couple of weeks. We had lost hope,”
So how Archana Devi was able to recover from covid after 100 days which become the longest treatment in India .when Archana Devi has admitted to the hospital her oxygen saturation level was also below 30 %she had palpitations and high fever and was losing consciousness, usually many families worry during such times and get violent with doctors when anything happens to the patient but luckily Archana family cooperation well with the doctor.
Dr. Yogita Singh said who was on Archana’s case. “Patients were dying, families were not always cooperating. But with Archana, her family was a big help.”
She was put on BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure), a breathing assistance device for those with serious lung and heart diseases. She had to be kept on this respiratory support for two months also sometimes she was put on support of 100% FIO2 (just to know how serious she was at that point we need to know that most people breathe in 21% FIO2 in natural air) then She was gradually brought on to a nasal cannula, which delivers low- to medium-flow oxygen.
But in mid-June, another complication struck. Black fungus. “She had developed scars and pimples around her nose and eyes. We thought it’s a black fungus but couldn’t stop the steroids,” Singh said. Steroids reduce the body’s immune response, increasing vulnerability to infections like mucormycosis, or black fungus. But they are anti-inflammatory and used for the treatment of severe Covid cases in India. Meanwhile, to clear up her lungs, the doctors started her on chest physiotherapy two weeks ago. “She pulled through. In one of the rarest cases, she went straight from ICU to discharge, ” later, Archana Devi reunited with her family’s with good health
Just like her there was also a 97-year-old woman from the Udharbond area in the Cachar district of Assam survived Covid-19 after 12-day-long treatment in Silchar Medical College and Hospital,You can hear such courageous and brave stories everyday during these covid times which give us hope that like any other problems even this shall pass what’s important to be a survivor like Archana Devi.