Nipah survivor Ajanya recalls those terrible days on 1st anniversary of virus attack
It has been one year since the Nipah virus attacked Kerala. A total of 18 persons were affected by the deadly virus and 16 of them lost their lives. Only two persons recovered from the disease miraculously; Koyilandi native Ajanya and Malappuram native Ubeesh. They escaped from the grip of death and survived. On the anniversary of Nipah virus attack, one of the survivors, Ajanya talks about her memories of the horrible days…
"I realised that it was the deadly virus Nipah that affected me, only after recovering from it completely. First I had only a normal fever. Then a severe pain started on the back of my head. I consulted a doctor at Kozhikode beach hospital with fatigue and weakness. The doctor said that it was sinusitis after checking the symptoms.
As the fever did not subside even after taking medicines, I went to my home from the hostel. I consulted a doctor at Koyilandi Taluk Hospital and they referred me to Kozhikode Medical College for some reason on May 18. Nipah virus was confirmed on May 20.
But I know about the incidents after going to medical college, from what others told me. I had been in ICU in unconscious state for about a week. I came to know that I was affected with a deadly virus only after I was shifted to the isolation ward. It took many days to believe that I survived the disease when many people died of it.
My parents were totally worried. Almost all patients who were affected with Nipah died. My recovery also was not sure at that time. They were completely upset. When I opened my eyes after shifting to isolation ward, I could see doctors and nurses wearing a weird mask and dresses. Then the doctor said that I was affected with Nipah virus.
Shailaja teacher was the first person who came to meet me without wearing a mask. There are many people who helped me to recover and get back to normal life. I am really grateful to all those who gave me a chance to live and prayed for me.
I started going to college after taking rest for two months. Though I was doubtful whether my classmates and teachers would alienate me, nothing happened. They supported me for learning the portions skipped during the leave.
I feel terrified even now when thinking about those days. Yet, I am happy for being able to survive. That’s not a silly thing at all!"