I woke up from a 45-day Covid coma after nursing friends gave me VIAGRA to treat me

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A NURSE fighting for her life in a 45-day Covid coma was rescued after colleagues used VIAGRA to treat her.

Monica Almeida, 37, was only 72 hours away from stopping her ventilator when doctors came up with the idea of ​​using the erectile dysfunction drug.

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Monica Almeida fought for her life in a coma
Mom is now recovering after being treated with Viagra

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Mom is now recovering after being treated with Viagra

The oxygen level the mother-of-two needed was halved and her condition improved after a week, meaning she returned home for Christmas.

Monica has now praised the quick-witted doctors for using the drug, which helped open her airwaves.

Respiratory nurse from Gainsborough Lincs said: “I had a little joke with the consultant after I got back because I knew him.

“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.’

“It was my little Christmas miracle.”

Monica, who treated Covid patients while working for the NHS Lincolnshire, tested positive for the disease in October.

The double-injected mother had lost her sense of taste and smell and was coughing up blood on the fourth day of her diagnosis.

After her oxygen levels dropped the next day, she went to the hospital but was discharged with a prescription and no treatment.

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Just two hours after returning home, Monica woke up unable to breathe and was rushed to Lincoln County Hospital where she went straight to the intensive care room.

Doctors struggled to restore her oxygen levels to normal, but her condition deteriorated and she was taken to intensive care.

She was placed in a coma on November 16 with her condition so severe that her parents were told to fly from Portugal to England to say their farewells.

Monica said: “I could have left when I was only 37 but I guess I was a bit of a monkey and kept fighting.”

With the prognosis looking grim, the doctors decided to use the unusual treatment to help Monica.

Viagra has already been touted as a possible way to treat Covid patients, as the little blue pill dilates blood vessels and opens airways.

Scientists are running tests to see if it can be used in the same way as inhaling nitric oxide, which can increase oxygen levels in the blood.

Viagra can be given to UK coronavirus patients if they have agreed to participate in a study to try experimental drugs.

“THE VIAGRA SAVED ME”

Monica said: “It was definitely Viagra that saved me.

“Within 48 hours he opened my airwaves and my lungs started to respond.

“If you think about how the medicine works, it dilates your blood vessels.

“I have asthma and my air bags needed a little help.”

The mom is now recovering at home with her husband Artur and two sons aged nine and 14.

She is now urging people to get vaccinated after learning she would have died if she hadn’t been bitten.

Covid booster injections offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping get the extra vital vaccines in the arms of the British to avoid the need for further restrictions.

Monica said, “There are people who say the vaccine has killed people. I’m not denying that there are people who react and react badly with the vaccine, but when you look at the number of deaths that we have in unvaccinated people, there is a big message there to have your vaccine.

“It worries me, especially in Lincolnshire, that people are against the vaccine.

“I never expected to get so sick at 37. I never thought this would happen to me and I want people to take it more seriously.”

Monica was in a coma for 45 days

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Monica was in a coma for 45 days
Mom said she almost died

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Mom said she almost died
Monica is recovering now

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Monica is recovering now
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