A British YouTuber with Covid-19 who spent three months in a coma has been discharged from intensive care.
Grace Victory, 30, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, contracted coronavirus in December while she was pregnant. She was put into a coma on Christmas Day, a day after she gave birth to her first child, a baby boy, who was induced two months early.
Victory woke up from the coma on 8 March. She said doctors had given her a slim chance of surviving the virus.
On Friday she tweeted: “The medical staff gave me a 5% chance of surviving Covid but because I’m me, I’ve been discharged from the ICU,” she wrote.
She added: “The entire time my family and Lee kept saying, ‘You don’t know what she’s capable of’ and the whole world sent me love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Her sister Charleigh, a lifestyle blogger, said 10 weeks ago the doctor told their family that Victory had a “5% chance of survival and the next 24 hours would be critical”.
She said she felt an “agonising pain” and could not see her sister. “Today she [Grace] was told that she’ll be discharged from ICU, to continue her recovery on a different ward. She just needed time. We kept saying: ‘They don’t know Grace like we do,’ and she proved them all wrong. Like we knew she would,” Charleigh added.
Throughout her illness Victory has had supporters sharing messages. In January, the model and activist Munroe Bergdorf sent her wishes for the family on Instagram, commenting: “Thinking about you all. Love you Grace,” while Leigh-Anne Pinnock, from Little Mix, wrote: “Sending you so much love to you all.”
The YouTuber has more than 200,000 subscribers on her channel, where she discusses parenthood and relationships, mental health and body confidence.
Victory’s condition worsened in December after she had been unwell for some time. Doctors induced her labour on Christmas Eve out of concern for her condition. Her baby boy was born healthy but Victory was admitted into intensive care after developing breathing issues.