British YouTuber Grace Victory, 30, reveals battle for life
YouTuber Grace Victory, 30, who fell ill with Covid while pregnant and was put in a coma for three months reveals she’s taken her first steps and built up strength to hold her son after being given just a 5% chance of survival
- Grace Victory, 30, from High Wycombe, has revealed her battle with Covid-19
- YouTuber developed Covid weeks before Christmas and symptoms worsened
- Doctors decided baby should be induced on Christmas Eve, two months early
- Grace was placed in an induced coma for three months as she battled the virus
- YouTuber has now revealed she was given a 5% chance of survival by doctors
A YouTube star who was placed in a coma for three months while battling Covid has revealed she has taken her first steps in an update about her dramatic health battle.
Grace Victory, 30, from High Wycombe, who has built a following of 222,000 YouTube subscribers and 251,000 Instagram followers with videos addressing topics including eating disorders and mental health, contracted Covid two weeks before Christmas, while seven months pregnant with her first child.
She had mild symptoms at first but her condition started to deteriorate and doctors made the difficult decision to deliver the baby, a boy, on Christmas Eve, two months before his due date.
On Christmas Day Grace was placed in a coma to give her body time to fight the virus.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, Grace, who woke in March and remains in hospital, revealed she had gone into ‘multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest’ and her family was warned she most likely wouldn’t survive the virus.
She said: ‘My partner became both Mum and Dad [to our son], as he was told to “prepare for the worst” as my medical team gave me a 5% chance of survival.’
Grace developed the virus two weeks before Christmas and doctors decided she should be induced on Christmas Eve, two months before her February due date (pictured, while pregnant)
YouTuber Grace Victory, 30, from High Wycome, has revealed her family were told she had a five per cent chance of survival when she was placed in a Covid coma at Christmas, a day after doctors were forced to deliver her baby two months early
She shared a video offering more detail into her battle, posting images and clips as she spent time in hospital.
She wrote: ‘In December 2020, I caught Covid and fell into a coma shortly after giving birth to my baby boy.
‘With multiple organ failure, and cardiac arrest, I fought my way back. There was no way I was leaving my baby without a Mum and my partner without his love.’
She continued: ‘I woke up after three months and due to muscle wastage and weakness I had lost the ability to move. But after some time, I could finally hold my baby.’
‘I “shouldn’t” be here, but I am and no words will ever be able to describe what I’ve been through, how I feel, what I saw during my coma. But… I’m alive!’
Sharing a picture as she wept in a hospital bed, she added: ‘I’m healing and I’ve even taken my first steps. So this is your sign to get up!’
Grace tweeted yesterday with a video detailing her journey as she battled the disease, revealing she had gone into ‘multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest’
After waking up from her coma, Grace said she was initially unable to move and she couldn’t even hold her baby (pictured)
At the end of December, Grace’s family shared a post online reading; ‘As you guys know, Grace gave birth on Christmas Eve to a beautiful baby boy, who is currently doing so well, he’s incredible.
‘We love him so much. Grace developed Covid-19 two weeks ago and although her symptoms were mild at first, they worsened as the days went on.
‘Which meant they had to deliver the baby as soon as possible, as she was just too unwell to carry on with the pregnancy.
‘Grace was admitted into intensive care on Christmas Day due to issues with her breathing & therefore they had to make the decision of placing her into an induced coma, to give her body the rest it needs, in order to recover.’
The message ended: ‘She’s currently stable but please keep her in your thoughts & prayers.
It was announced in January that the YouTuber, pictured with boyfriend Lee, was placed in an induced coma as she continued to battle Covid-19
A message posted on Grace’s Instagram page ten weeks ago told her followers that Grace was ‘currently stable’
‘We Love her so, so much and we know she’ll come out of this stronger than ever. She has dedicated her whole career to healing people, we now ask that you pray, to heal her.’
The message was signed: ‘Grace’s Family & bubba x.’
In an update just before the New Year, Grace’s family shared another statement with her 224k followers on Instagram, writing: ‘Update, Grace is currently stable and responding well to treatment.’
They continued: ‘We as a family are truly overwhelmed by the amount of Love and well wishes sent to our Grace and we want to thank each and everyone of you for casting a light of hope our way.
‘Please still keep Grace in your thoughts and prayers.’
Signing the post off ‘Family and bubba’, they wrote: ‘Let’s get her home.’
At the start of March, she revealed she was ‘awake’, followed by a tweet saying: ‘Baby boy is thriving at home x’
LONG COVID: WHAT IS IT AND COULD IT BE FOUR DIFFERENT SYNDROMES?
Covid-19 is described as a short-term illness caused by infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Public health officials tend to say people will recover within two weeks or so.
However it’s become increasingly clear that this is not the case for everyone, and that the two-week period is only the ‘acute illness’ phase.
The North Bristol NHS Trust’s Discover project, which is studying the longer-term effects of coronavirus, found that out of a total of 110 patients given a three-month check up, most (74 per cent) had at least one persistent symptom after twelve weeks. The most common were:
- Excessive fatigue: 39%
- Breathlessness: 39%
- Insomnia: 24%
- Muscle pain: 23%
- Chest pain: 13%
- Cough: 12%
- Loss of smell: 12%
- Headache, fever, joint pain and diarrhoea: Each less than 10%
Other long term symptoms that have been reported by Covid-19 survivors, both suspected and confirmed, anecdotally, include hearing problems, ‘brain fog’, memory loss, lack of concentration, mental health problems and hair loss.
The impact of Long Covid on people who had mild illness have not been studied in depth yet.
Data from the King’s College London symptom tracking app shows that up to 500,000 people in the UK are currently suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19.
In October, scientists claimed Long Covid could actually be split into four different syndromes.
Academics at the National Institute for Health Research — headed up by Professor Chris Whitty — were asked to review the limited evidence on long Covid to help both patients and doctors understand the ‘phenomenon’.
Their findings warned that even children can suffer and it can’t be assumed that people who are at lower risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 are also at low risk of lasting side effects.
Doctors cautioned some mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in ‘long-haulers’, as they are known, could be down to lockdowns, as opposed to the virus itself.
The experts also claimed that the symptoms could be grouped into four different groups:
- Post intensive care syndrome (PICS)
- Post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS)
- Permanent organ damage (POD)
- Long term Covid syndrome (LTCS)
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