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Coronavirus victim left in coma fighting for life wakes up and beats disease

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A grandmother who was fighting for her life in a coma after contracting coronavirus has beat the illness.

Marion Jolliff, 62, displayed flu-like symptoms at the start of the month but soon started struggling to breathe.

The gran-of-four was put in the induced coma and onto a ventilator in hospital, Chronicle Live reports.

But her overwhelmed son Alen Jolliff, 43, today revealed Marion had made a full recovery.

“We are absolutely over the moon. The staff have done an absolutely amazing job. I would not like to be in their shoes, they are right on the frontline. Some are doing treble shifts, they’re absolutely wonderful,” Alen said.

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“She’s doing a lot better. We got the confirmation that she is no longer getting treated for coronavirus.

“She had an operation where they put a tube into her neck and it’s a lot easier for her to breath but she’s still on the ventilator. They need to get her breathing by herself.”

Marion became the first person in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, to be diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month.



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It has now infected more than 9,200 Brits.

But Alen wants to share his mum’s story to give others hope.

“Her eyes are open and she’s responding but they need to get her breathing on her own,” he said.

“They’re going to try and FaceTime my dad so he can actually see her because it’s been two and a half weeks when he saw last.

“He’s keeping happy, we’re all really positive now that she’s beat the coronavirus.”

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Members of the family were asked to self-isolate, however, her son, as well as others, have been given the all-clear by Public Health England.

The woman’s partner and daughter have been self-isolating at home for the last 14 days, but are not displaying any symptoms.

Symptoms of the virus include fever and a cough that may progress to pneumonia, causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Anyone with symptoms should use the 111 online service, but should not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.



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