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Huffman ISD teacher nearly died from COVID

At solely 36, Brandy Mills spent her whole life glad and wholesome. Then she received COVID.

HUFFMAN, Texas — A Huffman ISD teacher is again within the classroom after a miraculous recovery from COVID. She nearly died from the virus.

Brandy Mills spent greater than 100 days within the hospital, and docs stated she would by no means go away with out a new set of lungs.

At solely 36, Mills spent her whole life glad and wholesome. 

“I needed to spend 105 days within the hospital,” Mills stated.

She thinks she received the virus from a live performance final July. It was hitting her fairly laborious when her mother discovered her.

“Something advised my mother, ‘hey go examine on Brandy.’ She went, and I used to be turning blue,” Mills stated.

Brandy was hospitalized for about two months. Her lungs had been so broken, that she wouldn’t survive.

“They stated I wanted a double lung transplant after I received downtown so I needed to get on the checklist,” Mills stated.

Dr. Soma Jyothula with Memorial Hermann and UTHealth Houston took over her care, placing her on the transplant checklist, and within the meantime, on an ECMO machine.

“If we left her the best way she was, we didn’t suppose she would survive earlier than she would go to surgical procedure,” Jyothula stated.

“ECMO was one thing actually critical,” Mills stated.

Luckily, they quickly discovered Brandy a donor, and her transplant day grew to become much more particular.

“It was on Sept. 30, which was my dad’s birthday. He had simply handed not too long ago in February,” Mills stated.

Mills wasn’t vaccinated, however now, she recommends it.

“I needed to go to rehab, discover ways to stroll yet again,” Mills stated.

Now, she has new lungs and a brand new career.

“I used to be advised I used to be by no means going to have the ability to work with little ones once more till my immune system received higher,” Mills stated.

She’s now a paraprofessional in life expertise at Huffman ISD, educating on the identical college her daughter attends.

“My largest fear is she’s beginning to suppose that she’s superwoman so I’ve to inform her each time, be protected nonetheless,” Jyothula stated.

“Here I’m in the present day, not even a year but (because the transplant) and I’m again to work, doing issues I like to do, being with youngsters once more,” Mills stated.

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