By Sarah Keane • 11 February 2021 • 12:44
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COVID turns woman’s fingers BLACK and doctors are forced to amputate
There’s been a lot in the news of late about unusual symptoms and side-effects which Covid patients have suffered, everything from unsightly rashes to swollen tongues, but a woman in Italy endured the extraordinarily gruesome experience of seeing three of her fingers turn black after the virus attacked her blood vessels. Doctors, who were forced to amputate the affected digits, said that a blood clot has caused the 86-year-old woman’s affliction.
The unfortunate woman’s condition was detailed in the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, but she is not the first person to require amputation as a result of Covid. In February last year, a 54-year-old man from California had two fingers removed following tissue damage, and a dad from Cardiff had a thumb and two fingers amputated after he contracted the virus.
Professor Graham Cooke, with the National Institute for Health Research in the NHS, said: “It’s important to note Covid is a multi-system disease.
“I think one of the features that seems to separate it from other severe viral disease is this more hypercoagulable state that seems to be associated with later disease.”
A hypercoagulable state is extremely dangerous given that it can lead to blood clots, which can easily travel throughout the bloodstream if left untreated. If a blood clot travels to the lungs it increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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