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29 Year Old Bodybuilding Nurse’s Near Death Experience with COVID-19

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Lequawn James, a 29 year old bodybuilder and Certified Nurse Practitioner, had a near death experience with the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Like most people, it started with a cough, then a fever. He started having shortness of breath and then his symptoms quickly got worse. After going to the ER, doctors initially thought it was pneumonia, but he later tested positive for COVID-19. He was in the ICU for 4 days, where he was intubated, and put on a respirator. Doctors told him that he needed to call his family members to let them know that he might not make it, and they weren’t allowed to visit him in quarantine.

After 4 days in the ICU, his body finally started to win the battle. Nurses and Doctors told him that he made the fastest recovery out of all the COVID patients they had. After being released from quarantine in the hospital, he has been able to slowly gain back his strength and stamina. The virus caused his heart to enlarge and lung capacity to drastically decrease. He “couldn’t walk four feet” without having to catch his breath, and lost over 20 pounds while being quarantined.

Since then, he has reported that he’s almost back to being 100%. He currently works out in his apartment with limited free weights, a bench, a pull-up bar, and resistance bands, but is eagerly awaiting the day that gyms re-open so he can go hard again.

Beyond having a rigorous fitness routine, strict meal planning, being a non-smoker, and non-drinker, Lequawn was tested in the hospital for any underlying conditions and comorbidities that may have caused him to be more susceptible to COVID-19. This includes heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many others. He came back negative for all of them.

Lequawn is sharing his story on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/quawnjames/ as well as facebook. And, has been featured on NBC and CNN. He is using his story of survival to warn everyone that even if you are young, fit, and healthy, nobody is bulletproof from this pandemic.

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