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EXCLUSIVE: Charity director speaks of terrifying Covid-19 fight

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Nikki O'Hara, who is 53 and has no underlying health conditions, spent 12 days in hospital over Christmas, unable to breathe without oxygen

A charity director has spoken of her terrifying battle with Covid-19.

Nikki O’Hara, director of Home Start Glasgow North, tested positive for the virus a week before Christmas.

The 53-year-old, who has no underlying health conditions, did not expect to be hit so hard by the coronavirus – spending 12 days in hospital on oxygen, unable to breathe without assistance.

“I had no Christmas or New Year,” said O’Hara. “I had no visitors, but I didn’t care. The terror didn’t leave me throughout my time in hospital, regardless of the endless reassurance I was given by nursing staff and of course my family and close friends were hugely worried as the impact of the virus progressed. 

“I don’t doubt the staff were concerned too, but not once did they show it. Night and day, they provided love, compassion, care and empathy.”

She has shared her story with TFN to warn others of the dangers of Covid-19, as the virus respects no-one.

You can read her full story here.



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