“I just really enjoy life even more than I used to”: Bedford County woman’s ‘miraculous’ recovery after nearly dying from COVID

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BIG ISLAND, Va. (WFXR) — Sarah Addair says her recovery from COVID-19 is nothing short of a miracle.

Back in November 2020, she was pregnant when she contracted COVID-19. This led to Addair having an emergency C-section. She was then hospitalized for a month and put on a ventilator for a week while she was unconscious. Addair told WFXR News in January that at the time, she had developed clots in both lungs, which required blood thinners that posed a risk of fatal internal bleeding, due to her recent C-section.

She almost didn’t make it.

“One night it was so touch and go that they told my husband, ‘if she makes it in the next four hours then she’ll make it,'” said Addair. “‘If not, then it’s very…she might not make it.'”

The 39-year-old went from doing CrossFit to needing 40 liters of oxygen.

“I was able to come home out of rehab on two liters of oxygen and then was able to get off of that in February,” she said. “It was the best day ever when the doctor told me I didn’t have to be on oxygen anymore.”

She failed a blood oxygen test in February — but passed it earlier this month — saying she doesn’t even get out of breath anymore. Now she is starting to get her life back.

“I’m doing my regular workouts. I’m starting to train for a race, running,” said Addair.

She’s planning to run at least two 5k races this fall. It’s a recovery that she says has her thanking God and her team at UVA.

“I’ve always really enjoyed life. I always enjoyed time with my family and friends, but I guess since almost dying, it’s like everything is bigger, like I feel things bigger, and so now I just really enjoy life even more than I used to,” said Addair.

She says there is still a lingering effect of trauma and psychological responses to things like seeing ventilators on TV. However, because she is a trauma counselor she has sought treatment to address these lingering effects.

“I’m just grateful to be here. I’m grateful to be doing as well as I’m doing, and just keep on moving forward,” said Addair.

Addair says she’s planning to return to work as a trauma counselor soon.

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