Fit and healthy student, 20, beat Covid only to suffer heart failure weeks later

A fit-and-healthy young woman who beat coronavirus was left battling heart failure only a month later.

Maddie Neville thought she only had a mild case of the bug when she found herself with no taste or smell and a slight cough.

The 20-year-old student tested negative before setting off to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.

But she found herself gasping for air and suffering intense chest pain soon after returning, The Metro reported.

Maddie was rushed to hospital with “tingling” limbs and passed out – before coming round to 16 doctors and nurses screaming.

Her condition became so severe that she was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on December 2.

She was diagnosed with congestive heart failure aged just 20, brought on by complications related to coronavirus.

She said she suffered from inflammation which meant her heart was pumping at just 11% the usual capacity.

Now 21, she is recovering with family but still suffers both physical problems as a result of the infection.

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She told the Philly Inquirer: “All I had was a dry cough, and lost my taste and smell. It was super mild. No fever at all. I really didn’t feel that bad.”

But once she tested negative and returned home, things took a turn for the worse.

Maddie added: “The chest pain was horrible. And the cough was so bad I had to keep suppressing it. I had a horrible fever and chills. I had none of those things when I had COVID.”

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Maddie was on drugs to drain fluid for six days before her recovery began – and while not certain, doctors said there could be a link between her heart condition and pneumonia with coronavirus.

Having been treated in hospital and subsequently discharged, the young student is now sharing her story to debunk Covid conspiracies.

Maddie revealed: “I’m a 20-year-old who still needs help in the shower and my mom has to brush my hair.

“This could be something I live with for a long time. It’s too early to tell if I’m going to have a lifelong issue with this. So it’s definitely scary.”

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