'Part of me has died' - Rosalie, 32, has life 'destroyed' by Long Covid

A 32-year-old has told how her life has been 'destroyed' - by Long Covid. Rosalie Watts is triple vaccinated against coronavirus.

But she has been struck down with Covid three times in less than two years, collapsed in an alleyway, made countless trips to A&E, spent weeks in hospital, undergone revolutionary treatment in South Africa, and had to move back in with her parents. Now the former university lecturer is calling for research into Long Covid to be speeded up.

Rosalie, from Stoke-on-Trent, had resorted to seeking advice from strangers online before finally being diagnosed with Long Covid following her booster jab.

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Rosalie said: “My life has been destroyed. As a result, I depend on family to support me with most of my basic needs. There is little support or care pathway for those suffering from Long Covid - our voices are often unheard. We are living in the void.”

Rosalie has spent all her savings on private medical appointments and used off-label medications in a bid to feel better. It has included triple coagulation therapy in South Africa - with the treatment not available in the UK.

She added: “I had to sign to say I understood that in rare circumstances this could be fatal. Unfortunately, the medications did not have any impact on symptoms. My time in South Africa was horrific. I collapsed several times and was in and out of hospital but it was worth every minute to have my experience validated.

“I have at times been gaslighted and, in my opinion, treated negligently. Millions of people around the world are looking for that magic bullet to cure them. It's unlikely that we will find this anytime soon. I am still seeking other treatments, including trialling drugs for HIV patients.

“I cannot fathom how we can roll out a vaccine so fast yet can't offer treatments for Long Covid three years on. I feel I am putting my body on the front-line with no other choice. Research is not moving fast enough.

“I seek advice from strangers online. I will not rest until my health shows some kind of improvement. I feel that part of me has died. Without my family, I would not be here.”

The NHS says the four most common symptoms of Long Covid are: breathlessness, extreme fatigue and brain fog, as well as anxiety and depression. Anyone who has had Covid and these symptoms for more than four weeks is advised to visit their GP and get a video or telephone consultation with experts.

Occupational therapist Trish Denison said: “Because Long Covid is a new condition we do not know everything about it yet. Everyone is affected differently."

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