Angela Schlegel, 36, was battling the virus in the intensive care unit at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital when she was diagnosed with a condition known as eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), BBC reported.
“It just blew my mind as I was told my heart was not functioning the way it should be,” Schlegel said of the disease, which causes severe asthma and damage to the heart, joints, lungs, and nerves.
Schlegel said she had been seeing doctors for two years for asthma but had “no idea my heart was in trouble.”
“If the EGPA was left undiagnosed I could have just dropped dead,” Schlegel told the outlet.
Schlegel, however, said that her coronavirus battle nearly put her life at risk as well during her five weeks of hospitalization.
“It saved my life in the long term, but in the short term coronavirus did nearly kill me,” Schlegel said.