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University student, 20, suffered congestive heart failure after mild case of COVID

A young and healthy university student says she experienced a life-threatening heart condition just weeks after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19.

In a Facebook post from December 8, Madeline Neville, from Philadelphia in the US, writes that she returned to her family home for the Thanksgiving holiday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in late October.

“I was feeling completely normal and was able to put my COVID experience behind me,” Neville wrote.

“After all, I am a 20-year-old girl in good health.

“I am the subset of the population that is supposed to be best equipped to able to handle COVID.”

Neville, now 21, said that she tested negative before returning home.

Second wave

But soon after, she was hit by a second wave of symptoms.

“I experienced such intense chest pain, shortness of breath, and a slew of other horrible symptoms that came on suddenly and as a complete surprise,” she wrote.

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‘I am the subset of the population that is supposed to be best equipped to able to handle COVID.’

In her post, Neville said that she was eventually airlifted to a Philadelphia hospital where she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

“That’s right, you heard me correctly, I was in congestive heart failure at age 20. I’ll say it one more time for effect: congestive heart failure, age 20,” she wrote.

Madeline Neville was 20 when she contracted a mild case of COVID. Credit: NBC News

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