Nurse applauded as she leaves hospital after 40 days in a coma

A nurse says she has been given a ‘second chance at life’ after spending 40 days in a coma because of Covid-19.

Ayesha Orlanda, 52, was applauded as she finally went home from Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), the hospital where she works.

She was admitted in May suffering the effects of coronavirus and spent 41 days in intensive care before being transferred to a ward.

Colleagues gave her an ovation as she she was discharged on Monday after a total of 67 days in hospital.

Ms Orlanda, who is originally from the Philippines, said: ‘I want to extend my gratitude to all the staff who cared for me, they kept me alive, kept encouraging me and were there for me.

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‘I feel like I have been given a second chance at life.

‘I am one of the lucky ones.’

In footage released by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, an emotional Ms Orlanda, a senior sister on the BRI’s acute dialysis unit, is seen being wheeled out of the hospital in a wheelchair as staff give her a guard of honour.

Also there was her husband Asif, who spent time by her side and holding her hand while she was in ICU.

Ms Orlanda said she was looking forward to eventually returning to work after a period of recuperation.

She said: ‘I learnt a lot from this journey, it’s really hard to be a patient when you’re a nurse!

‘I understand so much now about how important it is to be there for your patients, to spend time talking to them and to try and slow down.

‘Be patient with your patients.’

Matron for cardiology and respiratory, Sonya Tetley, whose team looked after Ayesha, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to see Ayesha being discharged today.

‘She’s been in hospital a long time and it’s been very traumatic for her, but she’s made a brilliant recovery and we are very proud of her.’

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