Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge revealed that he was extremely scared during his treatment of Covid in intensive care. He counts himself as one of the lucky ones that survived the illness. He contracted the coronavirus during the club’s pre-season training camp in Scotland. Initially, he did not have any symptoms but soon had breathlessness and was hospitalized on the advice of the club doctor.
“I went in on Saturday and did a lot of tests, sat in the A&E for a while, and then they put me into the ward,” Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge said. “The gas and air threw me a little bit but I watched the Euros final on Sunday and just continued as normal but connected to oxygen basically.”
“On Monday night I went to sleep and all of a sudden I’m just hearing alarm bells and people running up to me and all of a sudden I’m being rushed to the intensive care unit and I don’t really know what’s going on,” he added. “I’m drugged up, I’m half asleep, needles are being put into me, more oxygen is being chucked into me, I’m not coming around at all. Probably 10 to 12 hours later I’m asking questions about what’s going on, ‘why am I here? And they said, ‘right now you’re on 80 percent oxygen and basically the machine is breathing for you at this stage.”
“I’m one of the fortunate ones to be able to get out of this but there are many that have passed away in exactly the same position that I was in,” he concluded. “I went back home still a shell of myself. I’d lost a lot of body weight, lost a lot of muscle mass, it was literally like someone had pressed reset on my whole body. It wasn’t an easy process getting back to where I am.”