29-Year-Old Irving Woman Recovering From COVID-19

Kiara Hearn told her mother she didn't know what was going to happen, but it was going to be okay

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Kiara Hearn of Irving shot video from her hospital bed while being treated for COVID-19.

"I'm doing okay for the most part," Hearn said in the video.

It was right before she was put on a ventilator for five days.

A mother and daughter from Irving are recovering from COVID-19, but it was a scary ordeal for them. While the mother was able to recover at home, the daugher, Kiara Hearn, had existing health issues and ended up in the hospital on a ventilator.

"We had our last phone call together and I was like I don't know if it's going to be okay or not,” Hearn said. “I don't know what's going to happen but mom, mom it's going to be okay. Then I was intubated and I was intubated for five days."

29-year-old Hearn knew she was at higher risk because she has Lupus which is an auto-immune disease. She was also diagnosed at the first of the year with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome which causes some facial paralysis.

But she lives with her mom who works at a hospital and had been in contact with coronavirus patients. Her mom tested positive first and recovered at home.

Hearn's symptoms were more severe and required her to be put on a ventilator.

She describes what it was like inside the ICU when she was taken off the ventilator.

"About 20 or so beds sort of in this same ward you are in and the only thing that can separate you is a curtain and you hear like all the dinging and beeps from the heart monitors and there were patients beside me who were still intubated."

Now that she's out of the hospital, Hearn is glad to be alive and able to share her journey.

"I want people to be hopeful and I want people to not fear getting this virus,” Hearn said.  “But I do want people to take caution. And the best way to sort of way to take caution is to isolate yourself, quarantine yourself, to not expose yourself."

*Map locations are approximate, central locations for the city and are not meant to indicate where actual infected people live.

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