Fatima Bridle's remarkable recovery will give hope to Kate Garraway

FATIMA’S story will give hope to others, such as TV presenter Kate Garraway whose husband Derek Draper has been in hospital since March.

For Fatima spent a remarkably long time on a ventilator and her recovery so far is equally remarkable.

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It has been clear from the start seriously ill patients need the help of a ventilator because they are no longer able to breathe for themselves.

The most common method is via a tube down the windpipe attached to the ventilator. But this does present dangers.

Within ten days, a tracheostomy is often done through the neck to ease pressure on the windpipe, save vocal cords and reduce the need for sedatives.

Fatima's amazing stats

40 days in a coma

105 days on ventilation

120 days in intensive care

130 days in hospital so far, from March 12 to July 19

Apart from the risk also of life-threatening lung infections, long-term ventilating has also been linked with muscle weakness, nerve problems, and nutritional complications.

Some half of patients who need a ventilator survive. Not using one if needed tends to be fatal quickly.

But a lot of research is going on into what many now call “long Covid” — a condition that has both physical and mental health symptoms.


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