HOSPITALISED: I will be grateful for the rest of my life to the ICU team.

MY name is Justin Boland, son of Maurice and Wendy, I grew up on the Costa Del Sol, in the Marbella area from when I was six years old. I’m now 45 (this week was my birthday – 13/06). I am a father of two boys, I work as Sales Director for world famous Engel and Völkers, and Covid-19 just tried to kill me!

Generally, I live a healthy lifestyle, I don’t smoke, I don’t really drink, I play sports at least three times a week and pride myself on staying fit. I don’t have any underlying conditions!
On Tuesday May 18 I’d had my typical session of paddle tennis. I have to admit I was feeling a little bit unusual, not very energetic and extremely hungry, which was not typical for me.
Justin-Boland2By the time I got home my energy level had dropped and I put it down to just being hungry. I had my dinner and went to lie down when I suddenly started shaking. My fever went right up. I took paracetamol and went to bed.
The next morning I woke up feeling great. No temperature, but by about 4pm I started to feel unwell again and my fever picked up. I decided to get a rapid Covid test, which came back negative.
By May 25, I couldn’t resist any more and went to Hospiten in Estepona and to my shock, I received a call – I had Covid-19. Because I had already been sick a few days they recommended that I go to the ward and let the doctor inspect me properly. I stayed in the hospital a couple of days, during which I started to feel much worse.
On May 28, the doctor recommended that I go to Santa Elena hospital in Malaga as they had the best treatment for Covid.
On my arrival to Santa Elena,I was immediately put into ICU. I was hooked up to machines and put on oxygen. I was terrified at this point. The doctors had warned me if the oxygen was not sufficient to deal with the virus that was attacking my lungs they might have to induce a coma and put me on a mechanical ventilator!
It was then the realisation struck home and I began to worry, will I die whilst in a coma?
On May 30, they decided to put me into a temporary coma in order to save my life.
Being young and as I said before healthy, it took nine days altogether when my body started to respond and decided it was time to come out.
I remember waking up, I had no idea what had happened. I had no idea why I was even under sedation (it took a while to come back to me) it was really odd. But what was really distressing and this is something quite normal, is for the time I was under, I had lost the ability to be able to physically walk, use my hands and my general condition was one of a very frail old man. Now understanding the fact that recovery will take a little while of course I understand things better.
I wanted to share my story because so many people out there think it would never happen to them. Well that’s just simply wrong and I’m proof of that. I am giving a real warning to people out there.
Get Vaccinated!
Unfortunately I was not in the age category to be vaccinated at that point. But I can promise you one thing if I had been none of this would’ve happened.
Just imagine the person, simply by touching me they actually nearly killed me. You have the obligation as a human to help protect your fellow humans.
I will be grateful for the rest of my life to the ICU team and I for one am for ever thankful to be given a second chance in life.
The English-speaking nurses work round the clock, they are diligent, humane and altogether amazing. Without their love and care I don’t know how I would’ve got through the most difficult 14 days of my life. Thank you so much, all of you!
I of course want to also thank the Doctor who made that very difficult decision to save my life and for that I will never forget. Thank you Dr Elias Ceravola, you’re an amazing man and I will never forget you. You saved my life!
Something really important to note. Even though the hospital has some of the most incredible emergency equipment, some of the more basic day-to-day things are missing as they are slowly investing in the hospital, for example some new wardrobes.
The reassurance is so helpful but without the simple basics it makes their jobs quite difficult. Their focus should be solely on your health, so I think by getting the wardrobes, this is a small gesture where we will be helping them!
Any donation will be greatly received, €5, €10, €20 whatever works for you. Even if we can get five wardrobes, that’s better than nothing!
Donations can be made direct to the hospital account ES76-0182-2341-7502-0163-1591 – Clinica Santa Elena SA.
I must thank the outpouring of concern that was sent to me from people all over the world, their prayers and positive thoughts, which I feel sure helped my recovery, a big thank you!!
Finally I’d like to thank my wonderful girlfriend who I love so much, Natalia Mahnova, you have been my rock and all my family members’ rock and without you this whole situation would’ve been twice as difficult.
On the final note please again remember – GET VACCINATED!
Do not put yourself or your family through this – your experience may not end as well as mine. Go now for your JAB for Justin!

Just get the Jab • Justin case • Justin care • Justin time
Just to keep the world safe and strong. Whatever your JUSTIN REASON – JUSTIN DO IT…

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