She first caught the disease while flying to the Carribbean for the Christmas holidays.
The pandemic that began as just another virus soon turned into a life-threatening disease that has maimed many nations. Not only has it affected the lives of people but the economy of the countries as well. Even though many people are coming forward reciting the torments of enduring this disease, there are some out there who still believe that the virus is a hoax. Maybe this story might change their minds.
Nic Kimberley has made the record in the UK of being the longest coronavirus sufferer. She claimed that she caught the disease last Christmas in 2019, while she was flying to the Caribbean for a winter holiday. Now even after 10 months, she's suffering from the symptoms.
Nic believes that she caught it a few days before Christmas while meeting the Chinese passengers who had landed at Gatwick Airport from Wuhan. It is the city where signs of the virus were first seen and is believed to be the place for its origin, reported The Mirror.
Nic revealed that she spent her entire holiday week battling symptoms of the coronavirus like fever, lack of smell and taste, and cough. Originally from Worcester, when she returned back home to Cheltenham, she visited her General Physician due to the persisting symptoms.
She disclosed that her GP was just as surprised by her sickness as she was and suggested that it could probably be swine flu. After the initial diagnosis, her condition only worsened as she started hearing about others suffering from the same symptoms. She said, “Two or three GPs, a rheumatologist, everybody who saw me over January and February couldn’t work out why I had such bizarre symptoms and they just got worse."
She continued, “I felt they all just gave up on me. I felt more and more that there was something wrong with me. My arms and legs were swollen and were bright red and I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t even open the door to the office of the hematologist I had to see."
In February when she got her first blood test done, it showed "abnormal results" as doctors were unaware of the virus's existence. It was only in June that they diagnosed it to be COVID-19 after a plasma test.
According to scientists, the first known person to have contacted the virus in the UK is a 75-year-old woman from Nottinghamshire, who tested positive two months after Nic but the former BBC journalist is claiming to be the longest sufferer.
Talking about her horrifying journey, she said, "It was found my various organs and glands had not been working properly for quite a while." Elaborating how her symptoms are still present she said, "I lose my eyesight for a few hours here and there, then it comes back blurry," reported The Sun.
Nic described the virus as a "flaring" one that "sits and hides inside the body before coming out." She added, "It is the pattern for long COVID people like myself, that they are seeing."
Giving more details of the discomfort she's feeling even after 10 months, she continued, "I have never lost the crippling arthritic and joint pain. I have never lost the chest pain. I find it difficult to breathe. The longest period I've had is seven days when I start to feel almost back to normal." She called the coronavirus a "horrendous disease" as it "teases you" and "takes everything you have away from you," leaving you helpless.
Nic is genuinely terrified that she would have to live with this wretched disease for the rest of her life. She revealed that batteling this bug has taken a toll on her mental health as well and so she's sharing her experience with the younger generation to know how dangerous this virus can be.
Recalling the days gone by, she said, "I used to be a BBC radio journalist, I used to be eloquent and now my short-term memory is gone, I would be beaten at Scrabble by a two-year-old. Young people think they are immune. I get so angry when I see the Covidiots - they need to know the reality."
Although, there have been troubles around her, the Long COVID Support Group where Britishers who've been facing problems like Nic come together, gives her the strength to move on. The scientists are still uncertain why some people suffer from "long COVID."