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A Melbourne Year 11 student has revealed how she thought she was dying from Covid-19 before she was placed in a coma for nine days.

A young woman from Melbourne’s worst-affected region who “almost died” from Covid-19 has told her harrowing story of how fast the virus takes hold.

Saela, 17, spoke in front of reporters at a press conference on Wednesday morning as the state recorded 1571 new local cases and 13 deaths.

The city of Hume, north of the Melbourne CBD, accounts for roughly one-third of the deaths associated with the current Delta outbreak.

The teenager, from the suburb of Broadmeadows inside the Hume Local Government Area, said she became infected through her sister’s childcare centre and had to be placed on a ventilator.

At one point, she was put into an induced coma that lasted nine days.

“We are from the northern suburbs. I’m 17 years old and a Year 11 student and last month, I nearly died from Covid-19,” Saela said.

“In late August, my family got Covid from my baby sister’s daycare. At the time I was not eligible for the vaccine and now I wish I was vaccinated before I got Covid.

“My whole family was sick. Everybody was coughing and suffering from aches and pains and a sore throat. We couldn’t taste or smell.

“My symptoms were worse with coughing fits that left me breathless. As a family, we were more worried about my grandma as she was older. We thought she would be at risk the most.

“I thought I was safe. I was young and Covid usually affects older people. I had moments where I felt good and was hopeful I was getting better and then I would get bad again.”

Saela said that during her second week with the virus her condition worsened to the point where an ambulance was called. The teen thought she was going in for a check-up but it was a lot more serious than that.

“I said goodbye to my family. I was so scared and lonely,” she said.

“My health progressively got worse and then one night I couldn’t stop coughing. I was struggling to breathe … I was so scared I was screaming and I thought I was going to die and then I felt nothing. They had put me to sleep.

“They woke me up nine days later. I had no idea what had happened or how much time had passed. I wasn’t fully awake and I was hallucinating. I had a tube coming out of my neck. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk. I was scared to sleep again. I just stared at the ceiling and I was alone.”

The teen said she was “broken” but her health gradually improved under the care of staff at Box Hill Hospital.

“I’m so grateful I was gifted with life again. I was close to death.”

She urged young people who are eligible to be vaccinated to book an appointment to keep themselves and their families safe.

“There are a lot of people my age who think they’re invincible and don’t need the vaccine,” she said.

“They think they are young, they don’t have just like conditions. They won’t be affected but Covid almost killed me.”

News.com.au last week wrote about the Victorians who were telling their stories at daily press conferences.

A young Victorian man named Will spoke last week about his experience with long covid. But after footage was aired, he was targeted by anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists who called him a liar and a paid actor.

“No such thing as long Covid,” an anonymous account remarked on a video of Will discussing his battle.

“How much was he paid to say what you wanted him to say?” another faceless troll chimed in.

There were hundreds of similar remarks from a network of bots that aimed to undermine the message, as they have throughout the pandemic.

“I can tell you right now that if I have a story which is real, genuine and especially personal to me, I wouldn’t need to read off a script,” wrote one social media user who did not use his real name.

“Isn’t he a crisis actor??” wrote another. “Swear I’ve seen him before doing exactly this.”

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton had a simpler message on Wednesday after watching Saela speak.

“Thank you,” he said. “A brave and inspiring account.”

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