Sue Karolczak recovered from Covid-19 and is administering vaccines to others (Pictures: KSFY/Sue Karolczak)
A retired nurse who contracted Covid-19, ended up on a ventilator and barely survived is celebrating being alive by administering vaccines to protect others. Sue Karolczak is still recovering, but she brings her oxygen bag just in case she needs it to a vaccination site where she is helping hundreds of people.
‘There’s reasons that I didn’t die, and so if I can be helpful and be part of this whole process, I really am happy and blessed to be a part of that’, Sue told KSFY on Wednesday.
Sue is giving people coronavirus jabs at Swiftel Center in Brookings, South Dakota, just months after she fell gravely ill. On her birthday in October, Sue received treatment for a bladder and kidney infection. She got progressively worse and began needing a ventilator and breathing tube. She then tested positive for Covid-19.
‘It’s still unreal I guess for me because I was asleep, obviously’, she said. ‘I was sedated when this was all happening. So I didn’t realize how sick I was’.
Sue was in the intensive care unit on different fluids and machines but began to recover. She began walking again, first with her oxygen, and later without it. Her nurse practitioner friend April Schneider said ‘it was so emotional’ when she heard Sue was on a breathing tube.
‘I didn’t think I was going to see her again’, April told the TV station. ‘The chances of coming off of a breathing tube are really slim, most often people will die with COVID and a breathing tube’.
The retired nurse said she hopes that everyone will take the time to appreciate every step and breath they take.
‘It’s been baby steps along the way, but I am so blessed to be here’, Sue said.
Sue has been vaccinated against the coronavirus and encourages others to get the jab.
‘Hopefully if it keeps one person from going through what I had to do, that’s what we need to do’, she said.
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