‘I felt like I was drowning’: Doctor battles coronavirus

Geraldine McGroarty, who is originally from Greenock but now working in London, shared her story online.

Fighter: Geraldine McGroarty contracted coronavirus. Geraldine McGroarty Facebook
Fighter: Geraldine McGroarty contracted coronavirus.

A Scots doctor working in London is warning people to take the social distancing and quarantine measures seriously after falling ill from coronavirus.

Geraldine McGroarty, who is originally from Greenock, Renfrewshire, said she must have been exposed to Covid-19 on the frontline at work, but added: “It’s a choice I gladly made and will gladly do so again to help in this pandemic.

“However it’s also possible to have caught it from the many groups of people I see still wandering London.”

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Posted by Geraldine McGroarty on Monday, 6 April 2020

Sharing her story online, she described the moment she was taken to the emergency department and during her struggle to breathe she felt like she was “drowning”.


Although “not out of the woods yet”, Dr McGroarty is urging others to take heed of the Government’s advice so as not to potentially infect the vulnerable.

She added: “It’s not about you. We need to realise how serious this disease is.”

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