Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill said his battle against the coronavirus was by far the darkest moment of his life. He revealed that it was his first day at the Bristol Royal Infirmary when he suffered from repeated coughing while struggling to breathe. Cotterill’s neck was swollen from inside and out.
“I was frightened to go to sleep because I wasn’t sure if I was going to wake up,” Shrewsbury manager Steve Cotterill said. “My eyes opened around 4 am. I thought ‘this is good, at least I have woken up. It was really bad. I was force-feeding and drinking. I felt awful. I remember coughing one morning thinking ‘I am going to pass out. We had to call an ambulance. That is when I started to get a little bit worried.”
He believes he needs to get his message out so that he can spread positivity to those who need it. Cotterill is also extremely thankful for the goodwill messages he received. Nearly 129,000 people in the UK have died of coronavirus-related issues since the pandemic began, including former England defender Norman Hunter. Cotterill is one of more than 5.4m to record a positive test. Many have no symptoms. Cotterill most definitely did.
“You are in a room,” he added. “You can’t leave. You can’t have a waltz up the corridor. From the hotel in Shrewsbury to coming out of hospital for the second time, I had 69 days out of 80 in bed.”
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