Russia: COVID-19 Patient Recalls Battle with Virus, Being on Ventilator
Coronavirus survivor Denis Ponomarev spoke about his battle with COVID-19 and recalled the traumatic experience of being on a ventilator in an interview with RT in Moscow.
Muscovite Ponomarev fell sick on March 5 and was hospitalised after developing pneumonia in his right lung.
The 35-year-old first spent "a while" in the intensive care unit but was later attached to the ventilator after his condition worsened.
"That was a pretty unusual feeling, as if I was underwater. I had a lot of tubes in my mouth. My body was breathing regardless of what I did. It was due to the machine. I felt myself breathing as if in an independent power supply mode," Ponomarev said.
While on ventilator Ponomarev communicated with the doctors and nurses by using gestures or with the help of writing.
He urged people to follow the public health advice and warned against taking the pandemic lightly.
“I don't want people to get my own experience of being attached to a ventilator. There was nothing funny in my experience. I hope that no one who listens to what I am saying will repeat the experience and will be a responsible person."
Ponomarev was finally released from the hospital on May 6 and faces a long journey to full recovery.