HARRISBURG, N.C. (WBTV) - A 28-year-old Cabarrus County woman was released from the hospital on Sunday, just a couple days after being in “guarded condition” at a hospital with COVID-19.
Hayden Keziah, who according to her mother has no immunity issues or underlying conditions, was rushed to the hospital after she experienced trouble breathing. She would later be diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“She is doing much better,” Keziah’s mother Sarah Moore said. “She wants to thank all of the nurses and medical staff at Atrium Cabarrus for taking care of her and for all that they do.”
Keziah’s symptoms started out with a cough and “generally not feeling good," Moore says. After several days, Moore says her daughter developed a severe headache and a worsening cough.
"Within about 24-hours, having so much trouble breathing, we had to rush her to the ER in Harrisburg, where they immediately took her back and then took her to Northeast,” Moore said. She dropped her daughter off at the ER and has not seen her since.
“She’s having a very rough time,” Moore initially said of Keziah, who was often sedated while being treated virtually at a locked-down hospital.
Moore said her daughter started improving on Saturday. She said Keziah’s oxygen was turned down and she maintained her oxygen saturation levels. Her temperature was down and she briefly sat in a car, and she asked for a smoothie.
“I think we have turned the corner,” Moore said.
Keziah had just moved to Harrisburg to start a new job. Moore, who also tested positive for COVID-19, says she has no idea where her daughter contracted the virus.
Moore was on breathing treatments and IVs at her home, but in a Friday update, WBTV learned that she has been able to get off the IVs. She remains in isolation.
“I saw her CT scans of her lungs,” Moore said of her daughter, “and it is horrible. It attacks without warning.”
Moore, who says she was an emergency room nurse, is urging the public to take the virus seriously.
“People need to stay home. They don't need to get around anybody,” Moore said. “This stuff is no joke.”
Keziah was able to eat something small, but Moore says it is difficult for her daughter in isolation. There has been a GoFundMe set up for Keziah.
Moore, her husband Todd and son John Robert are all isolating from each other.
Cabarrus County issued a stay at home order a day after North Carolina announced it’s first coronavirus related death, which involved a Cabarrus County man.