Nurse saved from 45-day Covid coma when colleagues treated her with VIAGRA


Monica Almeida, 37, placed into a coma by doctors before being given the erectile dysfunction which she says helped to open up her airways, allowing her to breathe again

Monica says that after Sildenafil (Viagra) was administered the amount of oxygen she needed was reduced by around 50 per cent
Monica says that after Sildenafil (Viagra) was administered the amount of oxygen she needed was reduced by around 50 per cent

A nurse who spent 45 days fighting for her life in intensive care after catching Covid has been saved by Viagra.

Monica Almeida, 37, was given the erectile dysfunction drug around one week after being placed into a coma by doctors.

She says the Viagra helped open up her airways, allowing her to breathe.

The specialist respiratory nurse is now recovering at home after being discharged from hospital at 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Mum-of-two Monica said: “It was definitely the Viagra that saved me.

“Within 48 hours it opened up my airwaves and my lungs started to respond.

“If you think how the drug works, it expands your blood vessels.

At one point Monica nearly died and her parents were told to fly to England to potentially say goodbye to their daughter
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“I have asthma and my air sacks needed a little help.”

Monica says that after Sildenafil (Viagra) was administered the amount of oxygen she needed was reduced by around 50 per cent.

“I had a little joke with the consultant after I came round, because I knew him,” Monica added.

“He told me it was the Viagra, I laughed and thought he was joking, but he said ‘no, really, you’ve had a large dose of Viagra.’

“It was my little Christmas miracle.”

Monica, who is double jabbed, tested positive for Covid in early November this year.

Medics admitted Monica to ICU before she was placed into a medically induced coma on November 16
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Monica, who lives in Gainsborough, Lincs., is now determined to recover fully so she can return to work
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Husband Artur and her two sons, aged nine and 14, also fell ill with the virus.

Around one week later she was taken to Lincoln County Hospital after struggling to breathe.

Medics admitted her to ICU before she was placed into a medically induced coma on November 16.

At one point her family, who live in Portugal, were warned she was on the brink of death.

“They were told my ventilator could be turned off within 72 hours,” Monica said.

“I could have been gone at just 37 years old, but I suppose I was a bit of a monkey and kept on fighting.”

Before being put to sleep Monica signed a document saying she was happy to be in a study to try experimental drugs.

The use of Viagra caused her condition to improve and she regained consciousness on December 14.

Monica, who lives in Gainsborough, Lincs., is now determined to recover fully so she can return to work.

She says she owes her life to the staff at Lincoln County Hospital, where she started her nursing career.

Monica added: “I was in the Covid ward and then intensive care and I haven’t got a bad word to say about my treatment. I was listened to and included in everything about my care and I owe my life to those people.

“When I left the hospital all the staff were in tears, it was so emotional.

“They said I had just a 30% chance of survival, but I made it home for Christmas.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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