|Swine flu survivors talk about the disease... Flu Interviews World exclusive!
||[Apr. 30th, 2009|08:16 pm]
I've hunted down some Swine Flu survivors who have been interviewed in this world exclusive report.*
It proved very difficult to find them!
Some of the people who eventually got better and have recovered have this to say about the symptoms:
Rachel Mele, Age 16
[She] saw her fever break yesterday for the first time in five days.
It had been hovering around 101F since the terrifying night when her parents rushed her to the hospital.
"I could barely even catch my breath. I've never felt a pain like that before," Mele said.
"My throat, it was burning, like, it was the worst burning sensation I ever got before. I couldn't even swallow. I couldn't even let up air. I could barely breathe through my mouth."
Ryan Windsor, Age 26
of Richmond, has been identified as the second victim in B.C. He told CBC News Tuesday that doctors told him to stay isolated in his apartment for eight days.
"It's probably, definitely, the sickest I've ever been," said Windsor, who passed the isolation period.
Aaron Goins, Age 16
"I couldn't even touch my son he was so hot. I couldn't pick him up. His muscles were seizing up on him. He couldn't move. He had a fever of 102. He was throwing up, and diarrhoea. He screamed out when I touched him. My wife was freaking out. I thought I was going to lose my son. It's the hardest thing in the world."
At that point Goins, the director of an arts foundation in California, called an ambulance.
Derek von Sturmer, Age 26
Currently living in Mexico City, was rushed to hospital last Saturday after what seemed to be the "normal" flu left him gasping for air, bedridden and with a scorching temperature of 40C.
"It just felt like I was on fire," he said. "It was incredible - I couldn't even see because of the heat. I was in complete agony."
No wonder there haven't been many published interviews - it would scare people half mad!
*I Googled all these names together, and not one page showed up. So that must mean I'm the only one to have got all these people's interviews in one place. Go me! =D