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"It took every ounce of my being to pull through": The coronavirus survivors

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"It took every ounce of my being to pull through, to see my family again."

Those are the words of a soon to be mother-of-four who fought coronavirus and is now recovering at home.

Karen Mannering from Herne Bay in Kent was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Margate while six months pregnant.

She has now come out the other side and is self-isolating at home.

Karen does not yet know if it has affected her unborn son but she says the medical teams got her through.

She is desperate to convey how serious this illness is.

It can get anyone, anywhere at any time. It's evil. It took every ounce of my being to fight. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't gasp for air and if people could see what that's done to me at 39-years-old. These elderly people, those with underlying health issues, they're not going to stand a chance. It took every ounce of my being to pull through and see my family again, and my poor little baby."

– Karen Mannering, Beautician

Roy Ives, 76, from Rochester was also diagnosed with the virus.

To me they are all angels and I would recognise their voices, thank you for everything you've done for me and you'll never be out of my thoughts."

– Roy Ives, speaking on Twitter

Roy's wife Marjorie was told he may not survive the night after being admitted to hospital, but despite underlying health issues the doctors brought him through.

Roy's granddaughter, Scarlett Walsh said: "They were trying absolutely everything, he wasn't disregarded, he wasn't thought any less of because he was elderly. They treated him like anyone else and that's the biggest reassurance for everyone else. People with underlying health issues and at his age can pull through and survive and that's the positive message he wants to portray."

Author Sarah Salway, from Tunbridge Wells, is also in recovery.

Last week she was critically ill, but she's now been well enough to write a blog with advice on how to cope with symptoms.

The experience has given her a fresh perspective.

I went out for my first walk yesterday and I was crying it was just beautiful. People were so beautiful and everyone's so brave. All the people in supermarkets if there is a message that I hope I will keep, it's that these are the people who are keeping us going and that we need to support them more forever really."

– Sarah Salway, Author

All three say they would not wish the virus on their worst enemies but, like the vast majority, they have come through it.