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The fitness trainer learns to walk again after getting deadly viruses in Vietnam


The fitness trainer learns to walk again after being given a five percent chance of survival if he gets deadly viruses in Vietnam

  • Mekala Osborne, 22, learns to walk again after a virus infection
  • Mekala was infected with a forest virus during a visit to Vietnam last September
  • She was seriously ill with pneumonia and had only a 5% chance of survival
  • The Edinburgh fitness coach took her first steps in July after 289 days

A fitness trainer who had a five percent chance of survival after being infected with a deadly virus in Vietnam has learned to walk again.

Mekala Osborne fell ill in September last year after getting a forest virus in Vietnam when touring Southeast Asia with a friend.

The 22-year-old initially developed mild cold symptoms and took cough lozenges for treatment, but was hospitalized after her condition deteriorated rapidly.

Mekala from Prestonpans near Edinburgh was brought into an induced coma and, according to the Daily Record, developed severe pneumonia.

22-year-old Mekala Osborne (top) learns to walk again after surviving a deadly forest virus that she contracted during a visit to Vietnam last September

Last September, Mekala developed cold symptoms and took cough lozenges to treat them. However, she was hospitalized and put into an induced coma when her condition worsened

Last September, Mekala developed cold symptoms and took cough lozenges to treat them. However, she was hospitalized and put into an induced coma when her condition worsened

Her mother Yvonne and stepfather Jimmy were told to pray that she survive.

Mekala was flown back to Scotland after two months in the Singapore hospital.

The fitness trainer has spent the last seven months in rehabilitation and says she has a few more months.

She said to the BBC: “I had lost feeling in my arms and legs. I had a few surgeries, they cut off part of my lungs.

I had a tracheotomy. I was unable to speak for four and a half months, which was difficult because I like to talk. & # 39;

Mekala from Prestonpans near Edinburgh learned to walk again in July

Mekala took her first steps in July - an astounding 289 days since she was last on her feet

Mekala, from Prestonpans near Edinburgh, learned to walk again in July and took her first steps (above) – an astonishing 289 days since she was last on her feet

Mekala had been at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh since November, but when the lock was introduced in March, she could no longer see her family or friends.

Mekala talked about trying to stay positive during the ban and said, "It has had a negative impact on my recovery because I missed my mother so much and felt lost."

She added that her recovery was "very difficult" but that she could reunite with her mother for the first time since the blockade began in July.

And 289 days since the last time she was on her feet, Mekala started to learn to walk again.

She said, "On my first walk, I walked the length of the gym. It was amazing to be able to walk again and regain this independence. It just felt like a bit of normalcy.

After spending two months in a Singapore hospital, she was flown back to Scotland, where she spent seven months in rehabilitation

After spending two months in a Singapore hospital, she was flown back to Scotland, where she spent seven months in rehabilitation

Since the blockade in March, Mekala has not been able to see her mother Yvonne (left), which she believes has "negatively affected my recovery".

Since the blockade in March, Mekala has not been able to see her mother Yvonne (left), which she believes has "negatively affected my recovery".

"I had gotten close to some employees and just felt very motivated to do them well and make them proud of all the work they had done."

Mekala will celebrate her birthday on August 23 and would love to go home and have a small lunch to celebrate – but her ultimate goal is to play hockey again.

She said: "I would like to play hockey again. That is my goal. One day, even if it takes five years, I don't care.

"I will work as hard as possible to get back on the pitch."

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