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Female COVID-19 patient in critical condition given Pfizer's Viagra — and she wakes from month-long coma to go home on Christmas Eve: Report

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A U.K. woman was roused from a month-long COVID-19 coma with a round of Pfizer's male erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, according to reports.

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Monica Almeida, a 37-year-old respiratory specialist nurse, contracted COVID-19 in November, and following virus complications including pneumonia, she ended up in the hospital, where she fought for her life.

Her illness, which reportedly became so severe that her parents were told to fly to England in preparation for her final moments, progressed to the point where she was put into an induced coma — a condition in which she remained for a month.

According to the Lincolnite, doctors opted to treat Almeida with Viagra, which helped open her blood vessels, allowing her body to increase oxygen flow.

"Before she was put to sleep, she signed a document saying she was happy to be in a study to try experimental drugs," the outlet reported. "She was also given Viagra around a week after being in a coma, which opened up her airways. Her lungs started responding to it and the oxygen she needed lowered by around 50% as her condition began to improve."

Following the experimental treatment, she awakened and was able to stand up with assistance. Her condition continued to improve, and she was discharged on Christmas Eve.

Almeida, who was fully vaccinated, said that she likely contracted the virus through treating COVID-19 patients.

She told the U.K.'s Sun that she believed the Viagra saved her life.

"Within 48 hours it opened up my [airways] and my lungs started to respond," she said. "If you think how the drug works, it expands your blood vessels,” she told the Sun. “I have asthma and my air [sacs] needed a little help.”

"Mentally I am now as good as ever, but I do get a bit teary and frustrated at times," Almeida told the Lincolnite. "Physically, I am very weak and fragile, but I am determined to recover. 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. From the housekeepers to the nursing staff who showed me care and compassion, to an amazing medical team, I’d like to say a public big thank you."

Almeida said she likely would have died if it hadn't been for her vaccination.

“There are people out there saying the vaccine has killed people," she added. "I’m not denying there are people who react and get poorly with the vaccine, but when we look at the amount of deaths we have in unvaccinated people there is a big message there to have your jab. It does worry me, especially in Lincolnshire, that people are against having the vaccine. I never expected at 37 years of age to get as ill as I did. I never thought this would happen to me and I want people to take it more seriously.”

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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