Jalyn Tenorio, left, was paralyzed by a stroke at just 20 after a Covid infection caused a blood clot in her brain (Picture: KDVR)
A healthy 20 year-old woman’s right arm curled up after a Covid-induced stroke paralyzed the right side of her body and left her unable to move. Jalyn Tenorio was visiting New Mexico from her home in Pueblo, Colorado, when she was suddenly struck down with the virus.
She said: ‘My arm curled up and my right side was paralyzed, like I couldn’t even walk.’ Recalling what happened when she was rushed to a nearby emergency room, Jalyn continued: ‘They saw that I had Covid, and then they saw I had a clot in my brain which caused the stroke. So, it’s pretty crazy.’
Jalyn spent two weeks in hospital, and is slowly recovering from her stroke. She is receiving physical therapy, as well as speech therapy, in the hopes of regaining the full use of her body.
Dr Christian Bowers, who treated Jalyn at the University of New Mexico Hospital said his young patient was ‘clinically very profoundly affected’ by Covid. He told KDVR: ‘With that inflammation you can get clots that form, which is serious. She had clotting of some of the deep internal veins within the brain.’
Bowers also urged younger people to take the threat of Covid seriously. He explained: ‘Imagine you are a 20-year-old person, and you get Covid, you hear that Covid is not a big deal, and it isn’t for a lot of people, but there are young people that die from this.
‘There are young people that have severe, permanent neurological deficits.’
Jalyn agrees with the sentiment, urging other people her age to ‘just be aware of it, and be safer.’
Covid is statistically more dangerous for older sufferers, but there is increasing evidence to show that young people are also at high risk of extremely serious side-effects.
The US has now recorded close to 27.7million Covid cases, and more than 486,000 deaths.
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