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“It looks like malaria, dengue, pneumonia and asthma all in one”

By Scott Waide

Our mother, Patricia, sits on the bed in the small room she is currently sharing with our dad, Peter. There’s an oxygen bottle at the bedside and she’s breathing through a tube.

She was sleeping soundly for a few hours until the power went off. In a city so used to constant power outages, this is just one of many. But it is an added burden when you’re managing two COVID-19 patients in recovery.

The room has become extremely hot and mum is now stressed and struggling to breathe. My younger brother comes to help her out to the living room where it is a few . . .

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