Linda Lusardi caught the notorious coronavirus and had an adverse reaction. The former model was seriously ill with the virus.
Appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Linda recounted her experience of coronavirus.
The 61-year-old told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that her husband, Samuel Kane, first came down with the virus.
After nursing him, and sharing a bed – not realising at the time what he had – Linda then fell ill.
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“He got slightly better,” she said. “So he started to look after me, and then he took a bad turn downhill and so did I.”
Experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea, she called NHS 111 who said they were not symptoms of coronavirus.
Filming the segment from the comfort of her own home, Linda continued: “We just kept battling through… take paracetamol, drink plenty of water.
“Every time we drank water we were vomiting it up. I was getting so breathless and quite severe chest pains.”
It was her son, Jack, who advised her to call 999. When the paramedics arrived, the family realised how serious things were.
“I had got practically zero oxygen in my blood,” Linda added. “They said I had to come in.”
“Then they tested Sam and said his was really bad as well.
“So my poor 20-year-old son watched us both be marched out of the door, with two paramedics with the full gear, all-in-ones and masks and into the ambulance.”
Spending 10 days in hospital, Linda had a fever, chest pain and vomiting.
“It was absolutely horrendous,” she admitted. “I thank God that I’m one of the lucky ones that came through it.”
So far the deadly coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 26,771 Britons.
Breaking down, Linda continued: “Sam and I were both in A&E in the beginning.
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“And we were just looking at each other thinking, ‘Are we going to make it through this?'”
While her husband of 22 years tested positive for coronavirus on the second night in hospital, Linda didn’t.
It wasn’t until later on that Linda’s next set of results came back positive for coronavirus.
Fearing for her life, she asked the doctor on the ward: “Am I going to get through this?”
He replied: “I’ll be honest with you, I can’t promise you anything. You’re 61 and we don’t know what we’re dealing with.”
The soul-crushing response made Linda think to herself: “I’ve just had it.”
But it was her husband, who was wheeled to her on the hospital ward, held her hand, and said: “You can’t give up. You’ve got to think about the children.”
“They can’t lose their mum.” And it was this that “really helped” Linda to battle the virus.
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