Uk news Scot who almost died from killer forest virus describes learning to walk again MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Mekala Osborne, 22, from from Prestonpans, near Edinburgh, is back on her feet after being given a slim chance of survival.
Breaking News ! A Scots fitness instructor who was given just a 5% chance of survival after being struck down with a deadly virus in Cambodian has told how she learned to walk again. Mekala Osborne was placed in an induced coma after falling ill with a forest virus while on holiday in Vietnam in September last year. The 22-year-old was so critically ill with pneumonia that her mum Yvonne and stepdad Jimmy, from Prestonpans, near Edinburgh, were told to “pray she survives.” Mekala was struck down with a forest virus while travelling last year Mekala was flown back to Edinburgh after two months in hospital in Singapore and has spent the last seven months working on her rehabilitation. She told the BBC: "I had lost the feeling in my arms and legs. They had cut away some of my lung. "I had a tracheostomy. I couldn't speak for four and a bit months, which was hard for me as I love to talk." Read More Related Articles How to get the latest Scottish news stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Mum of Milly Main calls for 'truth' about death of daughter at Scots hospital as public inquiry starts Mekala was in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from November to March and was able to see her family and friends whenever she wanted. But when lockdown hit, she said being in isolation "negatively impacted" her recovery. She said: "My recovery has been very hard.
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She was finally reunited with her mum Yvonne for the first time in July and after 289 days from the last time she was on her feet, she began the process of learning to walk again.
Mekala and her mum Yvonne
She said: "In my first walk I walked the length of the gym. It was amazing to be able to walk again and get that independence back. "I'd got close to some of the staff and just felt really motivated with them all around me, to do well and make them proud of all the work they had done."
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Makela believes she has a couple of months of rehab before she will return home but already has plans to return to the sport she loves. She said: "I'd love to get back to playing hockey. That's my goal. Even if it takes five years, I don't care. I'll work as hard as I can to be able to get back on the pitch again."
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