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Breaking News ! A woman with cystic fibrosis has opened up about her experience of being hospitalised with coronavirus after she was rushed to Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. For nearly a year now, 39-year-old Erica Donnelly has been shielding at home to protect herself from the virus. Her cystic fibrosis (CF) means she is considered 'clinically extremely vulnerable' and so was told to shield back in the first lockdown last year. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition which affects the lungs and their ability to function correctly, much like Covid-19 does. Read More Related Articles Tesco announces six rules customers must follow or risk being turned away Read More Related Articles Cambridgeshire police officer who was spat at by suspect tests positive for Covid-19 While masks are part of daily life now for people living without the severe respiratory condition, for people with cystic fibrosis they were commonplace even before 2020. When visiting the hospital for check-ups, cystic fibrosis patients had to wear masks and take precautions to distance themselves from others with the disease, as they were more susceptible to infection. Erica, along with many others in similar positions, took shielding incredibly seriously - which means there isn't a lot of data about how those with these conditions which make them so vulnerable react to the virus. But, with a new, more transmissible, strain of coronavirus now circulating around the UK, the daunting prospect of catching the virus became reality for Erica, who described having Covid-19 alongside cystic fibrosis as "unimaginable". Use our tool below to find out more about the Covid vaccine near you: She started to feel unwell around a week ago, and so was brought to Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, where she is normally treated for her ongoing cystic fibrosis care as it is a specialist heart and lung hospital. Erica was brought from her home in Southend via ambulance, needing ventilator support to help turn around her falling oxygen levels. "My family were told to prepare for the worst," she admitted. "I have never been so scared, but at the same time, I have never had so much love, support, and care.
. "We have been ok until now, but this new strain of coronavirus is so much more transmissible and it is finding those previously harder to reach people, like us, even despite all the precautions we take."
Erica with her partner Ben, June 2020
(Image: Handout via Royal Papworth)
Remembering first falling ill and having to be rushed to the hospital, Erica said: "I got very sick and was blue-lighted in an ambulance from my home in Southend to Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge one week ago. "At my worst moment I said to one of the nurses 'is this it?'. "I had to fight back and thankfully I have had the best are and although I have a way to go I am improving. "I'm tired now just from eating but I'm grateful to be recovering and know for many families the outcome won't be as good. "I can't put into words how thankful I am to be at Royal Papworth Hospital which is where I am normally looked after for my ongoing cystic fibrosis care.
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"My doctor Helen Barker, one of the nurses, Nick, and all the staff who have looked after me have been amazing." Falling ill with the virus, despite all the precautions she and her partner took, demonstrated just how much more transmissible the new strain of the virus is, and how easy it can be to catch it. So Erica had a warning for those people still not taking it seriously. "My plea would be that people really need to do more than what they are doing to control the virus," she said. "We have been so careful and it still got us, so please everyone, act like you have the virus and follow the guidelines."