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Woman urges others to advocate for themselves after COVID battle that put her in coma

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"Pay attention to your body. You know your body, pay attention if it doesn't feel right. If it doesn't look right, go to the doctor and get tested."

Video Transcript

MAURICHIA TURNER: I could not breathe. And the doctor told me, you could die if you do not let us treat you.

DIANE WILSON: Scary times for Maurichia Turner along with her wife, Pamela, and three-year-old daughter as all they could do was FaceTime as Maurichia battled COVID in the hospital.

MAURICHIA TURNER: I couldn't say anything. I had tubes in my mouth, tubes in my nose. And I haven't seen them in a long time. So it was very hard for me.

DIANE WILSON: Maurichia, just 31-years-old, high risk with severe asthma. As soon as she tested positive for COVID, despite not having any symptoms, she went to the hospital.

MAURICHIA TURNER: And they did a chest X-ray. And they told me it was crystal clear.

DIANE WILSON: Sent home, but within days, she quickly took a turn for the worse.

MAURICHIA TURNER: I couldn't walk, couldn't breathe, couldn't talk, couldn't do anything.

DIANE WILSON: Maurichia admitted to the hospital.

MAURICHIA TURNER: I was intubated for two weeks. So I woke up, and I didn't know where I was. I didn't know what was going on. I was just scared.

DIANE WILSON: Her case so severe no family allowed in.

PAMELA TURNER: This was very hard. And you know, I would always try to keep it together, you know, for the sake of our child because I didn't want to cry in front of her.

DIANE WILSON: But slowly, Maurichia got stronger.

MAURICHIA TURNER: I fought. I fought hard. And Cape Fear helped me fight. And I'm here today. But I still have symptoms.

DIANE WILSON: Now out of the hospital but still on oxygen around the clock, plus other medications. And while the side effects of COVID still linger, the Turners are thankful Maurichia beat it.

MAURICHIA TURNER: The doctor said I was a miracle.

DIANE WILSON: And now hope others realize just how scary COVID can be.

MAURICHIA TURNER: Pay attention to your body. You know your body. Pay attention. If it doesn't feel right, if it doesn't look right, go to the doctor and get tested.

DIANE WILSON: And that's why it's important to practice the three W's and still be vigilant as, even though more people are getting vaccinated and positive cases are going down, COVID is still a real threat. I'm troubleshooter Diane Wilson, ABC 11 Eyewitness News.