JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A single mother in Jacksonville said she was sick with the coronavirus for more than 40 days. Meghan Debbie believes she came in contact with another patient while at work.
“I thought I was going to die,” Debbie said. “It completely overtook me.”
For weeks, she said she had severe symptoms. Later, it progressed to trouble breathing and requiring nasal cannula for oxygen.
“There’s nothing that makes you feel better, no amount of Tylenol or nothing. Then you can’t breathe,” she said.
Debbie said she hit a turning point with hydroxychloroquine. It’s a powerful drug that was originally designed to treat malaria. It’s mostly used in Africa and Asia.
In later years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved hydroxychloroquine to treat malaria and other autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Once the coronavirus hit, health care experts tested the drug to find if it would help COVID-19 patients. Debbie said she believes it helped her recover.
“I picked up my prescription, and within a few days, my symptoms started improving. By the end of my treatment, I was dramatically improving,” Debbie said.
She said her doctors at Baptist Health consulted with experts to see if she was a viable candidate for the drug. Debbie said she was given a prescription to take the pill once a day for six days.
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