Sports presenter Robert Marawa battles for life in ICU


Sports presenter Robert Marawa has survived a Covid-19 scare after he spent one week in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The sports presenter has warned Mzansi to take Covid-19 seriously and follow all Covid-19 protocols and do everything to avoid catching the virus.

"Covid-19 is real and it’s something that my family and I have been dealing with. I, along with many South Africans have lost loved ones and dear colleagues to this virus. As I now make my way to full recovery, I would like to warn anyone out there who is still taking this global pandemic lightly,” said Marawa.

The veteran broadcaster said he started having some flu-like symptoms and quickly ran a test and he found out that he was positive to Covid-19.

He then isolated himself but on day eight the virus started taking a toll on his body.

“What started as a flu-like symptom we have all been warned about quickly led to a fulminant debilitating inexplicable fatigue without shortness of breath on day 8 of my diagnosis. The doctor’s friend advised me to get an electronic device that measures pulse and blood oxygen concentration. When the oxygen concentration dropped to 92, hospital admission was arranged via an x-ray to establish lung condition,” said Marawa.

He said it was when he was taken to ICU for one week and was released into a general ward where he spent two days before he was released.

The Metro FM, Marawa Sports World Wide show host thanked the medical professionals whom he said worked “tirelessly to revive my health”.

The broadcaster said he wrestled in his mind on whether to share his story or not but realised that it could help someone if he speaks about it.

“The coronavirus is vicious on the body, it is a tough battle and I encourage you to take care of yourself and your loved ones by following all protocols put in place to assist in decreasing the spread of Covid-19 and even more so to seek medical attention sooner than later,” he said.

Some of his Twitter followers congratulated him for beating Covid-19 and wished him a speedy recovery.

“Thank God Madluphuthu you are alive I had experienced the same type of COVID-19 for 49 days between hospital and my bed. God loves you and great that you had a supportive family. We are looking forward to hearing your honest voice and wisdom in football,” said one Nhlanhla.

– Dailysun

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