A father whose entire family was given the Delta strain of Covid-19 from a worker at his five-year-old’s nursery says his wife is ‘skeletal’ after she lost 7kg while on a ventilator for nearly a week in ICU tied up.
Gig, a mother of two, had just celebrated her 40th birthday when she contracted the virus from her daughter Kaylin, who contracted it in mid-August at her kindergarten in Toongabbie in Sydney’s northwest.
Her husband Jason, 47, thinks she already had Covid when she went to get her first Pfizer shot, meaning the vaccine didn’t have a chance to boost her immune system before she was exposed.
Days later, her condition deteriorated to the point where her lungs were not functioning and the oxygen in her blood was so limited that doctors almost intubated her.
She spent five days in intensive care and another nine in the Covid-19 ward at Westmead Hospital, but on Monday Gig was finally sent home – a shell of her former self weighing about 50kg with only 80 percent lung capacity.
Gig caught covid from her five-year-old daughter Kaylin. Pictured, left to right: Kaylin, Gig, Jayda and Jason
Gig sent her husband Jason some pictures from the ICU (pictured) but the couple barely had a chance to talk while she was in the hospital
“She hasn’t eaten in two weeks because she was so sick and so slim,” her husband Jason told the Daily Mail Australia, as Gig coughed in the background.
“It will take a few months for her to recover her lung capacity, and you can see the tendons on her neck.”
Until her lungs heal, she will have to rely on Jason – an unemployed logistics contractor – to take care of her and their young girls.
The situation unfolded when the entire family tested positive on August 12.
Kaylin, the youngest, had a fever and a runny nose, her seven-year-old sister Jayda had no symptoms at all, and their fully vaccinated father felt like he had a “severe flu.”
“I got my second Pfizer shot when Gig got her the first, but the vaccine didn’t have time to do anything until I tested positive for Covid a few days later,” Jason said.
Jason said he never thought he would get Covid and couldn’t believe his wife – who had no underlying health problems – was reacting so badly to the virus
Jason works in logistics and Gig runs a number of massage parlors around Castle Hill, Sydney’s northwest
“I had aches and pains, headaches and I have asthma so I was really concerned, but my wife has no lung problems and no underlying conditions and she was really sick.”
Gig had a fever and muscle aches, but she brushed it off thinking the pain was related to her period.
“I went to see her at about 9:00 a.m. one morning and she was short of breath,” Jason said.
“I encouraged her to get up and take a shower, and she said, ‘I can’t.'”
He called an ambulance and Gig was taken to Westmead Hospital, where she was placed in intensive care.
“Everyone reacts differently to drugs with this virus, so they try them all until you respond to something — luckily her condition improved and she didn’t need to be intubated,” he said.
Both girls aged five and seven also tested positive for Covid. Jayda had no symptoms and Kaylin had a fever for about two days
Aside from a few IC photos and video calls, Jason spent most of his time at home in seclusion with his girls, wondering how his wife was doing.
“There’s been a terrible reception in the intensive care unit and she couldn’t really talk so I didn’t even know she could have been intubated,” he said.
“She went to the hospital at about four in the morning so the girls wouldn’t have a chance to say goodbye. If things went bad, I was afraid they would never see her again.’
Jason said he never thought he’d get Covid, let alone his whole family.
Speaking of vaccine skeptics and Covid deniers, he said, “It’s out there, and it’s real.”
“I had mild symptoms and that was with the vaccine, so I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t had it.”