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Dead for 30 minutes, but this COVID-19 survivor’s fight still isn’t over, 20 months later

Tionna Hairston has to relearn how to walk, talk, and write with no guarantee she will recover completely.

Tracey McCain

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A Triad woman nearly died from COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic. Tionna Hairston’s lungs, heart, and brain stopped working while she was being treated at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center last May. Doctors say it is a miracle she survived and her quality of life has suffered tremendously and Hairston faces several more battles ahead.

This is an in-depth timeline of Hairston’s story, from diagnosis to treatment and her hopes for the future.