Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub-Editor: Joana Mihajlovska, Agency: Newsflash
This COVID-19 sufferer says he saw “a light at the end of a tunnel” while clinically dead for “several minutes” before doctors managed to “miraculously” bring him back to life after telling his family the only thing to do “was pray”.
Norberto Di Natale, 64, told local media he contracted COVID-19 in October last year when his difficult battle began.
Norberto, a car mechanic from the city of Pergamino in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, said he is sure he became infected while working at his garage as he only went from home to work and followed health and safety protocols since March 2020.
He told the newspaper Infobae that he was hospitalised and discharged a week later. (https://bit.ly/3y7lpfQ)
However, he soon returned with a high fever that left him hospitalised at the clinic for around 35 days.
He said he received plasma therapy along with other COVID-19 patients who he saw die next to him the first two days he was there.
He said: “One person dies on Friday, another dies on Saturday, there is no three without two. Now it’s my turn, I presume.”
The 64-year-old mechanic became critically ill after being diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia when doctors decided to put him in an induced coma and intubate him.
Norberto said at one point, doctor’s told his family he had “unfortunately worsened and the only thing left to do was pray”.
However, the Argentine mechanic was eventually moved to a COVID-19 ward to continue his recovery.
One day while lying alone, he said he began talking to himself and started counting his heartbeats which he noticed kept slowing down until “it went ‘tick’ and nothing more”.
He added: “I have heard many people say there is a light at the end of a tunnel… I saw exactly the same thing. What I heard about so many times on television, I saw the exact same thing.
“It’s something you wouldn’t believe, but that is the way it is. And it is not what you think happens. It’s very shocking.”
He told local sources he was dead for “several minutes” before doctors finally managed to “miraculously” bring him back to life.
After his near-death experience, Norberto was discharged from the hospital days later and received home care for two months before eventually overcoming the virus, but he added that he has not fully recovered yet.
Norberto lost an incredible 20 kilogrammes (44 lbs) during the three to four months he spent receiving medical care which left him weaker with reduced mobility.
However, he said he is trying to get back into shape as he waits to get his vaccine.
Norberto added: “I want to thank the clinic very much for what they have done, which is superhuman. They have done everything, not only for me but also for the people that died next to me.”