It's been almost two weeks now since Sylvia Sanchez has tested negative and officially recovered from COVID-19, and she's been on a steady path of improvement since then. In the spirit of spreading positive energy, the Pamilya Ko star decided to speak up on Rated K about the experience, and what she feels is her new lease on life now that she's gotten better from it.
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Speaking about what she felt, the actress said that on top of the usual symptoms, such as a high fever and difficulty breathing, her blood pressure has dropped, and with that came a drop in her oxygen levels and swelling in her heart. "Ang titirahin talaga ng COVID is lungs," she recalled. "Tapos, pumunta 'yung virus sa puso ko, so namaga ang puso ko, at baka ma-cardiac arrest ako. Pwede kong ikamatay 'yon."
It was with the help of prayer that Sylvia managed to keep up the strength to continue the fight. But more than that, it was also the thought of being there for her children that kept her determined to beat the virus. "Sabi ko, 'Lord, hindi ko ma-imagine kapag dalawa kaming mag-asawa na mamatay, hindi ko ma-imagine 'yung pain ng mga bata, kung paano sila makaka-survive."
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After two weeks in the hospital, Sylvia and her husband Art Atayde were finally given the all-clear to go back home, and it was only after all of that when she realized how lucky she was to have recovered. "Na-realize ko na pwede mo kaming kinuha, o isa sa amin, o pwede kaming pareho," she recalled saying in prayer. "Pero noong binuhay ulit ako, sabi ko, 'Wow, hindi mo pa ako kailangan. May mission pa ako rito."
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Banner image taken from Sylvia Sanchez' Instagram account