‘VICIOUS’ VIRUS HITS A HERO
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.