As India reels under the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 crisis, there is a tale of hope. A 92-year-old woman — Sheila Devi — has recovered from the infection in just 12 days.
Doctors claim that her “positive attitude and regular lung exercises” eased her recovery. Devi, who belongs to Kota in Rajasthan, was admitted to Maharao Bhim Singh (MBS) hospital on April 18, after she tested COVID-19 positive. Although her condition was serious in the initial days, her condition started to improve slowly and steadily. Thereafter, she stayed at home and continued to isolate herself.
Her son, Dr Arvind Saxena, who is a historian, informed the media that his mother was put on oxygen support, from the very beginning.
A ray of positivity
The doctors who treated Kumar applauded her never-say-die attitude and attributed it to be an important part of her recovery, along with medicines and hospitalisation.
“Besides medicines and timely hospitalisation, a positive attitude and energy was the sole reason behind her speedy recovery. If a patient has a positive attitude and is proactive in doing lung exercises with a spirometer, he or she is sure to defeat coronavirus and Devi did all this actively,” said one of the doctors from the COVID-19 ward at the hospital.
That’s not all — another elderly patient, an 82-year-old woman from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, turned to proning to beat COVID-19. Her oxygen levels are said to have increased from 79 to 94 in only four days.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), proning is the process of turning a patient with precise, safe motions, from their back onto their abdomen so that the individual is lying face down. Experts suggest it is especially beneficial for patients with or without ventilator needs because it allows for the expansion of the dorsal (back) lung regions, improves body movement and enhances removal of secretions, which in turn help a person breathe better.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh and Sanhati Banerjee)