COVID-19 patient's drastic transformation after six-week battle

Young nurse infected with COVID-19 shares shocking before and after photos

Young nurse infected with COVID-19 shares shocking before and after photos

Mike Schultz, a nurse from San Francisco, had no underlying health conditions but was forced to spend six weeks in hospital after contracting the virus, which took a drastic toll on his appearance.

Approximately 57 days after he was taken to the hospital, Schultz was able to leave with Hebblethwaite.

Schultz spent weeks in the hospital and he still has a ways to go on his recovery journey.

"I wanted to show it can happen to anyone It doesn't matter if you're young or old, have pre-existing conditions or not". In fact, prior to the entire incident, the 43-year-old nurse weighed 190 pounds and used to exercise six to seven times a week. His lung capacity is still recovering after his ordeal with COVID-19 and food tastes a bit different, according to his most recent Instagram post.

"I still had a tracheostomy [tube], I could not speak, and also my hands were so weak that my phone seemed like it was 100 extra pounds", he informed Health.

As he continues his recovery, Schultz told Buzzfeed that both he and Hebblethwaite have received some backlash online for their attendance at the Winter Party. I couldn't hold my cellphone - it was so heavy.

"That was the last time I saw my boyfriend", Schultz informedHealth "I texted him, 'I'm scared.' Soon after, I was sedated, and I don't remember much after that".

He also lost track of time and wasn't aware he had been in hospital for six weeks already.

He said: "I thought only a week had gone by".

Young nurse infected with COVID-19 shares shocking before and after photos

But Mr Schultz said there were "no real restrictions in place, though - no lockdowns".

"We knew it was out there", Schultz said. We just thought "well, we gotta wash our hands more and be wary of touching our face,"' he said.

The following week, while visiting his boyfriend in Boston, Schultz became sick with a high fever and had difficulty breathing. He was put on oxygen right away and then prepared for intubation.

Soon after he was transferred to a major hospital and later intubated for nearly five weeks as doctors tried to beat the COVID-19 virus that had taken hold of his body.

Schultz, who was released from hospital last week, is still slowly building up his lung capacity and will have to undergo physical therapy.

He shared before-and-after photos to illustrate just how serious COVID-19 can be.

The 43-year-old had attended a party on Miami Beach in March, admitting that he was aware of the risks of COVID-19 but thought he "was young enough for it not to affect me".

'I wanted to show it can happen to anyone. "It can affect you", he stated.

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