Australia (9news)

Mum wakes to a changed world after 18-day COVID-19 coma

By July 3, 2020 No Comments
A Western Australian mother who emerged from a coma to make a miracle coronavirus recovery has spoken of her shock at how much the world has changed in just the 18 days she was out.
“Everyone was amazed that I was alive – I was quite astounded any of that had happened,” Kiri-Lee Ryder told 9News.
“What had gone on with me medically, what had gone on with the world.”
Kiri-Lee Ryder was in a coma for 18 days before from coronavirus.(9News)
Ms Ryder was a passenger on the Ruby Princess, with her husband, eldest son, and friends.
Before disembarking the ship in Sydney, the 41-year-old began feeling sick.
Despite seeing the cruise medic, she returned to Perth before she tested positive to COVID-19.
The mother of four began calling her family members when she first arrived at Perth’s Fiona Stanley Hospital.
About to be placed in an induced coma, she told them “goodbye” for what she thought would be the final time.
During the 18 days Ms Ryder was unconscious, the coronavirus crisis would dramatically evolve.
Australian states enforced border lockdowns, and restrictions came into force banning public gatherings of any more than two people.
Ms Ryder said she thought she has farewelled her family for the last time.(9News)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracted the virus, and airlines grounded their fleets.
And Australia’s death toll topped 60.
Facing weeks of recovery, Ms Ryder had a message for her fellow Western Australians.
“Just do the right thing, and let’s get through this together,” she said.
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