04.05.2020 | 10:16
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Manuel Arenas / Raúl Paniagua
Since the global coronavirus pandemic is here to stay, the curve that has become the most popular and the one that receives the most attention is that of the drip of infections, which is gradually softening. However, and despite the death toll, there are reasons for hope and happiness when observing another curve that grows unstoppably every day: that of hospital discharges and cured, which already exceeds 34,200 cases in Spain, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
Because the coronavirus also comes out. Not without great difficulties, but it comes out. Otilia Agustina, a 94-year-old woman who was discharged on March 25 after ten days of hospital admission in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, knows this. Also knows Vicky Huerta (69 years old), who was discharged on March 24 after eleven days in hospital and fondly remembers how the nurses at Bellvitge Hospital left her notes with messages of encouragement at meals such as “come on, champion , you’re going to get out of this! “
Tere Gómez (53 years old) also obtained hospital discharge -after 8 days in hospital- on March 26, who exudes optimism on all four sides and explains that, during her stay at the Mataró Hospital, she visualized herself as partying with her friends as a way to escape the pessimism that her positive for covid-19 dragged her.
And they have proof of what it is to overcome the coronavirus Maria Àngels Roger (61 years old) and Josep Simó (62 years old), married from Barcelona, who entered infected and together on Friday, March 27 and in the same way they were discharged last Wednesday April 1st.
Like Salvi Huix, a 54-year-old from Manresa who started by saying that he did not give the profile of the coronavirus and ended up thirteen days admitted facing the virus. They discharged him on March 23.
Testimony of a recovered Covid-19 patient, Salvi Huix
Symbolizing the ‘V’ of victory from their balconies, the flag of hope is the one raised by Otilia, Vicky, Tere, Maria Àngels, Josep and Salvi, six of those more than 8,600 Catalans who have faced the virus and have overcome it .
All of them currently go through the 15 days of quarantine after hospital discharge, isolated from the same families with whom they paradoxically live. In most cases they share concerns: how they can help others infected in the near future based on their experience, or how they can ensure that, despite being recovered and being discharged from hospital, their relatives are exempt from the risk of contagion, Especially when a lack of means is mentioned by the hospital centers when they ask for tests that ratify their negative by covid-19.
There is life after the virus, and, as an example, the optimistic cry of the cured, which shows the way to the rest of society in this unprecedented health crisis. These are the stories of how six anonymous citizens have fought and defeated the coronavirus.
Otilia Agustina (94 years old): “I pray every day for everyone to heal like me”
Any fight against the coronavirus is admirable and any discharge must be celebrated, but if the protagonist approaches the century of life it is even more emotional. Otilia Agustina, a charming 94-year-old woman from the Singuerlin neighborhood of Santa Coloma de Gramenet (Barcelonès), stood up to the evil bug and fought with it. He had the worst possible previous pathologies (asthma and chronic bronchitis), but he came out ahead with pride.
He went to the Esperit Sant Hospital emergency room on Sunday, March 15, and did not leave until March 25. He remained eight hours in the box and two days later his positive was confirmed by covid-19. The family – three children, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren – feared for his death, but they all pushed. After 11 days of admission, he was discharged. The joy was immense. “I pray every day that this is over and everyone heals like me. Never lose heart, please,” he advises from his home. All an example of courage and courage.
Otilia Agustina makes the symbol of victory from her balcony after overcoming the coronavirus. Elisenda Pons
Vicky Huerta (69 years old): “The nurses left me messages of encouragement at meals: ‘Come on, champion!'”
Of all the situations as a patient with coronavirus that Vicky Huerta tells (Barcelona, 1951), there is one that oscillates between the anecdote and the attack on her dignity. It happened after last March 14 at 6:00 in the morning they communicated their positive by covid-19. It was then that she was going to be transferred to the Oncology unit of the Bellvitge Hospital – she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, which reinforced her risk for the virus – and just before going to the ambulance, sitting in the wheelchair She said that she was very cold, but her interlocutor would be a cooler nurse than she. “It was demeaning: the nurse did not dare touch me and put the blanket on me in case he got it and I almost fell out of the chair. His fear was palpable.”
Vicky Huerta was discharged on March 24 and she spends these fifteen days of post-hospital quarantine at her son’s house in Gavà, now without symptoms. Apart from the bad taste of his income, Huerta only has words of thanks for the attention he received. For example, he fondly remembers the treatment of nurses, whom he would not recognize because of their appearance because they were covered up to the eyebrows but yes because of their voice. “At the meals they brought me they left me notes with messages of encouragement: ‘Come on, champion, you’re going to get out of this!’. I think thanks to them I don’t need a psychologist now.”
Vicky Huerta, at her son’s house after being discharged from the hospital after being admitted for coronavirus. Ferran Nadeu
Tere Gómez (53 years old): “A doctor told me: ‘You have been dying but you have washed your face and have pushed forward'”
Tere Gómez (Mataró, 1966) no longer tastes like metal. It’s okay. A little hoarse from having vomited a lot, but overall, despite the fact that since she was discharged on March 26, she only sees her husband and children on Skype. Her husband and children live on the ground floor of their single-family home.
“When I was admitted, I imagined partying with my friends with a beer in front of me, I made my world to not let my guard down,” recalls Gómez, who oozes optimism from all four sides.
When he was discharged after overcoming the coronavirus, the staff of the Mataró Hospital, “our salvation,” he says, gave him a round of applause. Before leaving, a doctor told her: “What I liked about you is that you have been dying, but you have washed your face and pulled forward.”
Tere Gómez recreates the sign of victory during her quarantine after overcoming the coronavirus and being discharged from hospital. Jordi Cotrina
Maria Àngels Roger (61 years old) and Josep Simó (62): “With the coronavirus we have realized that we are nothing”
One of the typical phrases of any wedding on the altar already says it: fidelity in health and illness. This is exactly what Maria Àngels Roger (61 years old) and Josep Simó (62), a married couple from the Tres Torres neighborhood of Barcelona, have been fighting for 17 days against peripheral pneumonia caused by covid-19. Together they entered the Hospital del Mar on Friday March 27 and in the same way they left last Wednesday. United.
Fever and diarrhea were the symptoms that aroused the alert in a healthy and athletic couple who fell ill at the same time and still do not know where the contagion could have occurred. Without cough or serious respiratory problems, the days passed until one morning everything rushed and they said ‘enough’.
At the Diagonal Avenue hospital they received “exquisite” treatment and verified the severity of the pandemic. “A doctor passed away. It is a very treacherous virus. You drown and you die in minutes. It only looks like a nuclear attack”, summarizes Roger.
Maria Àngels Roger and Josep Simó, on the balcony of their house after overcoming the coronavirus. Jordi Cotrina
Salvi Huix (54 years old): “We sick people are the great forgotten of this crisis”
On the day that Salvi Huix (Manresa, 1966) was transferred to the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Manresa, the person in charge of receiving the patients told the ambulance health workers: “This man does not give the profile of the coronavirus.” That same day, March 10, Huix entered the hospital, where after six days he would test positive for covid-19. They would not discharge him until last March 23.
After several tests upon arrival at the hospital, they finally gave him the coronavirus test and after six days they communicated the positive. How did you feel? “They took a weight off me! Because, if it wasn’t coronavirus, what the hell did he have?”
Very critical of the “disastrous” health management of the coronavirus but grateful to the health personnel, Huix affirms that “the sick are the great forgotten of this.” “I suffered physically, but not mentally because I was convinced that I would recover,” he adds. What would you say to other infected people? “You will have a hard time, but you will get out of this. Do not make useless efforts and be positive.”
Salvi Huix, on the balcony of his house during the quarantine after being discharged after overcoming the coronavirus. Mireia Arso