16 years old - Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Kwenzi fell ill with COVID in September 2020 and in April 2021. For the last 2 weeks in April,
she had loss of appetite, headaches and severe nausea. Kwenzi attended a high-school initiation camp on the last weekend of April, as she was feeling better than before. During the camp, she felt extremely faint before going to sleep one night, and as soon as her friend turned off my lights, Kwenzi became unconscious. For about 10 minutes after gaining consciousness, her body shook aggressively, but she eventually fell back asleep. The next morning, she couldn’t remember much of what happened the night before. Kwenzi eventually went down to breakfast and lost consciousness again, this time seizing for around 15 seconds. Because she was unresponsive, her school called the doctor, who initially intended to sedate her. The doctor speculated that anxiety was the root cause of her symptoms, which was surprising to her and her parents as she is not an anxious child.
Kwenzi continued to have episodes until she was taken to the ER, where she spent 2-3 nights in the intensive care unit, where she was found to have low blood pressure and syncope.
MRIs, ECGs, EEGs and CT scans all came back clear. As she was about to be discharged, the neurologist mentioned that he had noticed epileptic markers EEG, so he recommended an extension of her stay at the hospital. After the results of the weeklong EEG, Kwenzi felt completely hopeless, as nothing seemed to make sense.
She also experienced brain fog, which interfered with her academic pursuits.
After visiting a homeopathic specialist, Kwenzi has been taking supplements that help her to feel better with each passing day. Despite the fact that she’s been unable to participate in school for the past 2 months, Kwenzi remains hopeful that she can live a normal life again.