A woman suffers from sepsis and HEART FAILURE weeks after recovering from COVID-19

A woman suffers from sepsis and HEART FAILURE weeks after recovering from COVID-19

A woman suffers from sepsis and HEART FAILURE weeks after recovering from COVID-19

The woman was fighting for her life after she began suffering from sepsis and heart failure a few weeks after her recovery COVID-19 – because of which she spent 10 days in a coma.

Jamie Waddell, 36, of Springfield, Illinoishe tested positive for COVID-19 back in August.

She suffered from ‘body aches, fatigue, fever and sinus congestion’ for about 10 days before she started to feel better.

After recovering, the 36-year-old returned to work – but a few weeks later, she suddenly started feeling dizzy and light-headed while out for a walk.

A woman suffers from sepsis and HEART FAILURE weeks after recovering from COVID-19

A woman was fighting for her life after several weeks after recovering from COVID-19, she began to suffer from sepsis and heart failure, which left her in a coma for 10 days

Jamie Waddell, 36, of Springfield, Illinois, tested positive for COVID-19 back in August and suffered from 'body aches, fatigue, fever and sinus congestion' for about 10 days

Jamie Waddell, 36, of Springfield, Illinois, tested positive for COVID-19 back in August and suffered from ‘body aches, fatigue, fever and sinus congestion’ for about 10 days

After recovering, the 36-year-old returned to work, but a few weeks later she suddenly began to feel dizzy and light-headed while out for a walk

After recovering, the 36-year-old returned to work, but a few weeks later she suddenly began to feel dizzy and light-headed while out for a walk

Jamie brushed it off, but in the days that followed, she began to suffer from ‘severe’ fatigue that left her ‘barely’ able to move.

She decided to go to the emergency room, and was shocked when the doctors told her she had pneumonia, heart failure and sepsis

She decided to go to the emergency room, and was shocked when the doctors told her she had pneumonia, heart failure and sepsis

She decided to go to the emergency room and was stunned when doctors told her she had pneumonia, heart failure and sepsis – all likely brought on by COVID-19 weeks earlier.

By the time she got to the hospital, Jamie’s ‘heart and lungs weren’t really working anymore’ and her ‘blood pressure and oxygen levels were very low.’

Doctors quickly implanted a device known as an Impella to help her heart pump blood, but they feared she would need a transplant.

She was in a coma for 10 days, but ‘miraculously’ recovered on her own. And now, she’s sharing her story as a warning to others.

Jamie – who is vaccinated and stimulated – recently spoke to Today show about the terrifying ordeal and recalled being surprised at how sick she felt when she contracted COVID-19 four months ago.

‘Body aches, fatigue, fever, breathing problems, sinus congestion – I was sick for about 10 days before I started feeling better,’ she said. ‘I started to feel better. I’m back at work.’

By the time she got to the hospital, Jamie's 'heart and lungs weren't really working anymore' and her 'blood pressure and oxygen levels were really low'

By the time she got to the hospital, Jamie’s ‘heart and lungs weren’t really working anymore’ and her ‘blood pressure and oxygen levels were really low’

She was in a coma for 10 days, but 'miraculously' recovered.  And now, she's sharing her story as a warning to others

She was in a coma for 10 days, but ‘miraculously’ recovered. And now, she’s sharing her story as a warning to others

The 36-year-old described herself as a 'very active person with no health history' and said she normally walks three to five miles a day

The 36-year-old described herself as a ‘very active person with no health history’ and said she normally walks three to five miles a day

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to infection.

This happens when an infection you already have starts a chain reaction throughout your body.

Without timely treatment, sepsis can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

Symptoms include a high heart rate or weak pulse, fever, shivering or feeling very cold, confusion or disorientation, shortness of breath, severe pain or discomfort, and clammy or sweaty skin.

Source: CDC

The 36-year-old – who described herself as someone who is ‘very active with no health history’ – normally walks three to five miles a day, but just after Labor Day, when she finished one of her daily walks, she said she started to feel ‘very weak.’

“I was walking down the street saying, ‘Oh my God, don’t pass out,'” she recalled. ‘That’s unusual for me. I’m quite active.

‘[But I thought], “Maybe I just walked too long.” It was quite warm that day. I thought nothing of it and went to work the next day.’

But as she began to improve more and more, she decided to go to the hospital.

‘At that moment I knew something was wrong. You’re not getting better, you’re just feeling bad. You can barely move,’ she continued.

‘Based on the fact that I was feeling worse and worse, I’m guessing my heart rate was probably going down that whole week, and by the time I got to the ER, I was septic.

‘They did an echocardiogram. My heart was very weak. I was in heart failure.’

Doctors were sure that Jamie would need a heart transplant, but luckily she started to recover on her own.

‘We were stunned,’ said one of her doctors, Dr Bow ‘Ben’ Chung. ‘It was miraculous.’

Jamie - who has been vaccinated and stimulated - recently spoke on the Today show about the terrifying ordeal

Jamie – who has been vaccinated and stimulated – recently spoke on the Today show about the terrifying ordeal

In total, she spent almost three weeks in the hospital, and during that time she lost a lot of muscle, which is why she initially had problems walking.  She was seen with her boyfriend

In total, she spent almost three weeks in the hospital, and during that time she lost a lot of muscle, which is why she initially had problems walking. She was seen with her boyfriend

She had to undergo physical therapy to regain her strength afterwards, but now she is fully recovered.  She was seen in October, a month after the incident

She had to undergo physical therapy to regain her strength afterwards, but now she is fully recovered. She was seen in October, a month after the incident

Jamie spent almost three weeks in hospital in total and during that time she lost a lot of muscle which initially caused her to have trouble walking.

She had to undergo physical therapy to regain her strength afterwards – but is now fully recovered.

As for the biggest lesson she learned from the incident – ​​don’t push yourself too hard too soon after recovering from an illness.

‘I work too much. If you don’t feel well, you should take time to rest,’ she emphasized. ‘Appreciate your body for what it can do.’

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