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He was an athlete in the most effective form of his life. Then Covid-19 nearly killed him

A 40-year-old man who participated in sports competitions shared a before and after photo that shows the shocking effect of the corona virus on his body.

Ahmad Ayyad, who lives in Washington, DC, felt the first flu-like symptoms on March 11. Just a few days later, after coronavirus was confirmed in his body, he was taken to John Hopkins Hospital.

He was then the first Covid 19 patient at the facility to be connected to a ventilator. For the next 25 days, Ahmad was sedated and in a pretty insane state. He lost more than 50 pounds.

According to the hospital, the athlete weighed 220 pounds on his first admission, and almost a month later he woke up from an artificial coma and found that he weighed only 152 pounds.

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“The day I woke up in the hospital's intensive care unit, I weighed 152 pounds. My legs and arms were weak and my pectoral muscles were gone. I couldn't believe how hard it was for me to get up at all. "

Before he fell ill, he played basketball several times a week, did weight lifting, and regularly took part in obstacle races, including climbing walls and carrying heavy objects. But now he had to learn to walk and speak again.

The virus also attacked his internal organs – when Ahmad was discharged from the hospital on April 22nd, he still had a blood clot in the vein of his left arm and his heart and lungs were damaged.

Although Ahmad has since resumed working on his muscles that he lost during his stay in hospital, his experience has had a lasting impact on him and the doctors who treated him.

Photo credit: Instagram @ahmadbird

"He is a real athlete and he is young, so my first thought was:" If it could happen to him it would be so painful, it could happen to anyone. "It really opened my eyes," said Natalie West, a lung specialist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who treated the athlete.

“People act as if the virus has disappeared. Wear a mask, do not group in large groups. Take care of yourself and the people around you. Take this seriously because it is not a joke. "The virus can kill you even if you think you are healthy and immune to it."

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