A HOSPITAL worker who was successfully treated for coronavirus has thanked staff for their ‘fabulous’ efforts.

Helen Kissane, 54, of Walton Street, Pogmoor, spent almost two weeks in care as she battled the virus, which has so far claimed thousands of lives nationally.

A healthcare assistant on the maternity ward with more than 30 years experience, it was odd for Helen to suddenly find herself on the other side of the curtain after falling ill while at work.

“I was sent home, and when I was tested the next day it came back positive,” said Helen, who suffers from asthma.

“I had a really high temperature and couldn’t breathe.

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“My blood couldn’t hold any oxygen when I went in.

“It was awful, at one point I thought I might die.

“I’m so grateful to have come out.

“It’s a scary thing for the staff as well as the patients, but they were fabulous. They never lost the human touch.”

Helen said she and her husband Frank Wood - only married a month ago - were now looking forward to their rescheduled honeymoon, next summer.

The hospital has announced it has succesfully treated more than 100 coronavirus patients.