Betty spent over a month in St Vincent’s Melbourne ICU for critical illness secondary to COVID-19. She had two runs on a mechanical ventilator and was proned (nursed on her front rather than back whilst in a medically induced coma) for long periods of time to improve her lung function. After this, she required a tracheostomy to allow her to be slowly liberated from the ventilator.
She eventually had her tracheostomy removed, was officially cleared from COVID-19 and walked out of the ICU on her own two feet to a standing ovation! She spent another week getting stronger on the ward with the help of doctors, nurses and allied health staff before going home. Betty’s fighting spirit and positivity has been an inspiration to all of the ICU staff.
She has expressed her heartfelt thanks to all of those involved in her care.