Twenty-year-old Claire Bridges was born with a congenital cardiac problem. However, life went on near-normal till Covid decided to inhabit her cells. The 20-year-old from Tampa, Florida, had to amputate both legs to end sordid suffering which began with Corona. And yes, she was double-jabbed.
An aspiring model, Claire’s cardiac condition worsened post the Covid infection. She was taken to Tampa General Hospital in January after her condition rapidly deteriorated owing to organ failure during a two-week period. Soon, she was diagnosed with myocarditis, rhabdomyolysis, moderate pneumonia, cyanosis and acidosis.
“Claire underwent numerous emergency procedures and was placed on life support, but her legs could not be saved due to permanent muscular damage. She was fitted with a TandemHeart, which helps to maintain a regular flow of oxygenated blood to organs, and was soon placed on continuous dialysis due to her failing kidneys. As the issues deteriorated, so did her leg’s situation, prompting surgeons to perform a fasciotomy to reduce swelling and pressure. Despite constant efforts to save her legs, the injury was extremely serious and irreparable,” shared her father, Wayne Bridges, in a Meta post on March 17
The young girl had to amputate both legs (above the knee) in February. Her friend Heather Valdes added: “Doctors also noticed some internal bleeding which necessitated an emergency blood transfusion. They found a very unusual lesion in the initial region of the small intestines that had ruptured.”
Fortunately, they were able to repair it and stop the bleeding. Despite the life-altering tragedy, Claire continues to maintain a good attitude, according to family and friends, who praised her as a “wonderful young woman” and a fighter.
Her father, Wayne, has documented his daughter’s journey on Meta, revealing on March 17, that she was finally able to sit up on her own for the first time since January.
“Two months to the day this all began, Claire sat up by herself for the first time,” he posted. Claire was discharged from the hospital earlier this week, just in time for her 21st birthday.
We wish her all the best!!!