The Courier-Mail

‘VI­CIOUS’ VIRUS HITS A HERO

- Health · Health Care · Robert Smith

A HEALTH­CARE hero struck down with coro­n­avirus says she now gasps for ev­ery breath as loved ones pray she will re­cover.

Maria Brad­ford, an aged care worker, is in hos­pi­tal with doc­tors feed­ing her oxy­gen through a nasal tube.

The 48-year-old is des­per­ately weak and there’s no word on how long she will re­quire care.

Ms Brad­ford, speak­ing from her hos­pi­tal bed, said: “It’s a killer. I am so short of breath. It got me so quick. It’s vi­cious.”

Ms Brad­ford, a per­sonal care as­sis­tant at Es­tia Aged Care Ardeer which has been linked to 146 cases, showed no signs of the virus un­til Wed­nes­day last week.

Twice-weekly tests were neg­a­tive and daily checks didn’t de­tect a tem­per­a­ture.

Ms Brad­ford went home feel­ing un­well but by night couldn’t breathe. Fi­ance Robert Smith phoned an am­bu­lance which took her to Sun­shine Hos­pi­tal.

A 20-year aged care vet­eran, she said her or­deal showed just how dan­ger­ous the health­care front­line was.

 ??  ?? Aged care worker Maria Brad­ford, 48, on a video call with fi­ance Robert Smith.
Aged care worker Maria Brad­ford, 48, on a video call with fi­ance Robert Smith.

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