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How Neighbours, friends come through for me when Covid-19 destroyed 66% of my lungs: NTVs Dann Mwangi opens up on his battle

Award-winning NTV news anchor Dann Mwangi has shared his harrowing experience with Covid-19 that had ruined more than 66% of his lungs leaving him to operate on only ⅓ of the vital organ and leaving him helpless.

In a candid interview with Gladys Gachanja on Tuesday, August 24, Mwangi said he fell sick in July 2021 but first shrugged off the symptoms until he could not do so anymore.

The journalist recounted that he went to work despite feeling sickly because he was feeling bad about skipping work since he knew his colleagues were stretched thin.

Mwangi shared that July 03 was the day reality finally struck as he made it to work but struggled to finish the evening news bulletin.

I really strained, I think by the time the bulletin was going on I was on autopilot. I was just feeling generally weak or fatigued, name it. So after the bulletin ended I decided to rest for a bit so I could get enough energy to safely drive home, which I did and I thank God,” he shared.

When his wife shared that she couldn’t smell or taste anything that, reality struck and they thought about getting a Covid-19 test which turned out positive.

After the hospital visit and being put on medication, Mwangi’s health kept deteriorating and developed more symptoms such as body aches and shortness of breath.

“Let me just tell you we have a strong circle of friends and family and neighbours who helped us out, they did a lot for us just to ease the burden of shopping… just doing a lot for us,” he praised.

In the midst of all these, the anchor’s house help had gone home, leaving him and his wife all alone when the virus struck.

My wife really helped a lot, she was such a star. I mean she has a gift…I think it’s a woman’s thing…sort of putting her illness aside and now attend to me,” he explained.

Mwangi was admitted for 8 days and at one point needed more oxygen to survive. “The doctor said that they need to make some intervention because it seemed I was relying more on supplementary oxygen than what I was breathing by myself.”

“And when they did a CT Scan on me actually on I think the first night, the results came and showed that my lungs were affected 66 percent so I was basically operating on a third of my lungs.”

Following his experience and successful recovery, Mwangi urged Kenyans to stay safe, observe the Covid-19 safety measures and avoid attending political gatherings.

“I remember when I was in my bed in the HDU and that’s when there were the Kiambaa by-elections campaigns and then eventually the by-election itself and I just looked and I’m like this is going to be a disaster. I’m like if you guys know what us guys in this place are feeling or are going through, you didn’t be doing that and for me, the line that came to mind was, they will come for you and prey on you with their funds and you will pay with your lungs,” he said.

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