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91-year-old Turkish woman beats back coronavirus

Anadolu Agency LIFE
Published April 21,2021

A 91-year-old woman in eastern Turkey who beat coronavirus says she couldn't breathe, and thought she would die from chill.

Ayşe Gençdoğan from Bingol province shared her experience of the COVID-19 illness with Anadolu Agency.

"Initially I started to have a severe headache and backache and then shivering, which did not stop even when I was near the stove," she said. "My chest, throat and stomach were aching, I couldn't breathe, and I thought I was going to die from chill."

When her son and daughter-in-law tested positive for the virus, the elderly woman also developed symptoms and was admitted to a hospital on March 25.

Her COVID-19 test came out positive, and she felt more weakness, got a fever, loss of appetite, taste and smell. Gençdoğan said that the 10 days she went through the treatment at home were one of the most difficult days of her life.

She subsequently recovered but still suffers from shortness of breath, and does not have the same desire to eat as she used to. "I cannot stand even for five minutes," she said.