British nurse recovers from COVID-19 after receiving Viagra

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She recovered from COVID-19 – with help from the little blue pill, according to a report.

Monica Almeida, 37, a fully vaccinated nurse in the UK, spent 28 days in a coma after contracting COVID-19 and was just 72 hours away from having her ventilator stop when she was saved by a “big dose of Viagra”. the Lincolnite reported.

Almeida, an asthmatic who worked as a respiratory specialist for the UK’s National Health Service in Lincolnshire, tested positive for the deadly virus on October 31, 2021, according to the outlet.

Four days later, the mother-of-two lost her sense of taste and smell, then began coughing up blood and soon experienced a drop in oxygen levels, according to the outlet.

After being discharged from a hospital in Greater Lincolnshire with a prescription but without treatment, her condition worsened and she was taken to Lincoln County Hospital, where she had started her career.

Monica Almeida was in a coma for nearly a month and was nearly taken off a ventilator.
Monique Almeida

The critically ill nurse was rushed to the resuscitation room, where she was given oxygen before being admitted to intensive care on November 9. A week later, she was placed in a medically induced coma, according to the Lincolnite.

But before sinking, Almeida signed a document saying she was willing to take part in a study to try experimental drugs.

She was given the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra about a week after she was placed in a coma and her airways opened up, the outlet said.

Monica Almeida (left) and her husband Artur after Monica woke up from her coma.
Monica Almeida and her husband, Artur, after Monica woke up from her coma.
Monique Almeida

“It was definitely Viagra that saved me. Within 48 hours it opened up my airwaves and my lungs started responding,” Almeida said to the Sun. “If you think about how the drug works, it dilates your blood vessels. I have asthma and my air bags needed a little help.

On Christmas Eve, the nurse was finally discharged and was able to spend the holidays with her family – although her full recovery could take several more months, the Lincolnite reported.

“It was really difficult but the nurse looking after me was a former colleague which made a big difference and the staff could see how scared I was and they were amazing,” said she told the outlet.

“Mentally I’m as good as ever now, but I’m a bit teary and frustrated at times. Physically I am very weak and fragile, but I am determined to recover,” Almeida continued.

She told The Sun she joked with one of the medical staff when she woke up from her coma.

According to the doctors, Monica Alemida's lungs began to react to Viagra within 48 hours of receiving the drug.
According to the doctors, Monica Almeida’s lungs began to react to Viagra within 48 hours of receiving the drug.
Monique Almeida

“He told me it was Viagra. I laughed and thought he was joking, but he said, ‘No, really, you took a big dose of Viagra,'” a- she told the outlet. “It was my little Christmas miracle.”

Viagra can be given to patients with COVID-19 in the UK if they have agreed to take part in a study to try experimental drugs, the Sun reported.

Scientists are studying whether the erectile dysfunction drug can be used in the same way as inhaling nitric oxide, which can increase blood oxygen levels, according to the outlet.

Almeida, who is recovering at home with her husband, Artur, and two sons, aged 9 and 14, added: “I could have left at just 37, but I guess I was a bit of an ape and I kept on fighting.”

The grateful mum is urging people to get shot after learning she would have died if she hadn’t been vaccinated.

“There are people saying the vaccine has killed people,” she told The Sun.

Monica Almeida, who was in an intensive care unit with COVID-19, began showing signs of recovery after being given Viagra for an entire week.
Monica Almeida, who was in an intensive care unit with COVID-19, began showing signs of recovery after being given Viagra for an entire week.
Monique Almeida

“I’m not denying that there are people who react and get bad with the vaccine, but when you look at the number of deaths we have in unvaccinated people, there’s a big message out there to have your vaccine,” added Almeida.

“I didn’t expect to get this sick at 37. I never thought this would happen to me and I want people to take this more seriously.

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