Coronavirus patient on hellish ordeal: ‘I was screaming for mercy and praying to God’

Coronavirus patient on hellish ordeal: ‘I was screaming for mercy and praying to God’. By Rosemary Misdary.

And by the time Kevin Harris was admitted to a hospital in Ohio five days later, he thought he was suffocating.

The doctors at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren were certain Harris, 55, had pneumonia — but three days later, they had the real diagnosis: coronavirus.

One of the doctors had tears in his eyes when Harris asked if he would live. Another doctor just shrugged and mumbled, “I don’t know.” …

On a scale of 1 to 10, he said, the pain was 15. …

“Imagine your lungs turning solid. It’s like suffocating without holding your nose,” said Harris, who owns an auto body shop and typically runs 5 miles every day. …

By the time Harris made it to the hospital, it was taking him an hour to move 50 feet to his bathroom — and he had to stop twice, lie on the floor and catch his breath before reaching the door. …

Harris said the doctors gave him a cocktail of vitamins — including lots of vitamin C — cough medicine, an experimental antiviral medication, a malaria vaccine and antibiotics.

They told him they were trying to jumpstart his immune system. They also told him to pray.

Fit 55 year old survives, but was in agony for a few days.