And he wondered if he had lived a full and fulfilling life.
Kopach, gold medalist in doubles bobsleigh with Justin Cripps at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, told CBC News on Tuesday from his home in London, Ontario, about his encounter with death.
The worst is waiting– he admitted.
You have flashes of happy times, and then the sadness of bewilderment arises: is this the end? Have I done enough? Could I have done more?
It was a very dark experience. I had to draw up some kind of impromptu testament to my parents. It was very difficult.
I said goodbye to many people. I hope that no one will have to go through this slow death.
He thinks he may have contracted the virus during a recent business trip to Calgary.
The first two days I thought something was progressing, then on Wednesday I got a really big fever, and I’m pretty sure I averaged around 41 degrees Celsius for six days in a row, in addition to a bad cough., he said.
His hospital stay
Before being admitted to the hospital almost a week ago, Aleksabder Kopach suffered from chills, body aches and fits of coughing so severe that he vomited or coughed up blood. In the end, he became so ill that he was admitted to the hospital and put on mechanical ventilation.
I did everything, all the home remedies. It was only when I got to the hospital that I had serious improvements.– he admitted.
Kopach returned home. Her breasts are still tight and sore, and doing simple tasks like coffee lowers her oxygen saturation by 20%.
Although he does not believe that he has recovered, he rates his health as stable, as many of the other symptoms of the disease that plagued him have disappeared.
He credits his recovery to the staff of the London Center for Medical Sciences, saying that he was helped not only physically, but also mentally.
Disappointed with disinformation
Due to his notoriety, the athlete said he was criticized on social media for inappropriate treatment and said the pandemic and coronavirus were real.
I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to stumble upon things like thisKopacs said about social media posts containing misinformation about the virus and vaccines.
Before it really affects you, you brush it off with the back of your hand, you just ignore this crazy guy around the corner, and that’s it. But now it’s like, “You believe this to the point that you’re going to tell people how right you are and that this person shouldn’t take something as simple as a vaccine?”
Ignorance is amazing.
(From text by Colin Butler, CBC)