Pennsylvania student said she suffered heart failure at age 20 after mild case of Covid
A Temple University student says she suffered life-threatening heart disease weeks after recovering from a mild case of Covid-19.
In a December 8th Facebook post, Madie Neville wrote that after being diagnosed with Covid-19, she returned to her family for Thanksgiving at the end of October.
"I felt completely normal and was able to get through my COVID experience," wrote Neville. "After all, I am a twenty-year-old girl in good health. I am the subgroup of the population that should be best equipped to deal with COVID."
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Neville, who lives in Philadelphia and is now 21, said she tested negative before returning home. But soon afterwards she was hit by a second wave of symptoms.
"I had such severe chest pain, shortness of breath, and a number of other terrible symptoms that came on suddenly and completely by surprise," she wrote.
In her post, Neville said she was eventually flown to a Philadelphia hospital where she was diagnosed with heart failure.
"I've been in the hospital for nine days, struggling every day to complete even the simplest of tasks, such as going to the bathroom and showering alone, brushing my own teeth and hair, or even taking 10 steps," wrote she.
In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Neville said the diagnosis she received from doctors was myocarditis, a swelling of the heart muscle that has been linked to Covid-19.
Recently, doctors have raised the question of whether athletes at risk of developing myocarditis need to have additional health screenings before returning to the game after recovering from the disease.
Neville did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.
She wrote that she hoped her story could serve as a "reality check" for some of her colleagues who "take their health for granted".
"I know I did," wrote Neville. "I believed that my youth and health would enable me to get through any run with the virus relatively unscathed."
"As someone who was finished, I wish I had chosen inconvenience rather than endangering my health. I wish I had been more careful in my social interactions, around myself, my family, and my family, before I graduated from COVID to rescue." my friends the pain of uncertainty as to whether or not this disease would kill me. "
"This has been my reality this week, and you can be sure that I just don't care which restaurants are still open ... I'm just grateful to be home with my family," wrote Neville.
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