CHICAGO – After falling in love last year, a Chicago woman is mourning her boyfriend after both were sickened by coronavirus.
Helen West and Greg Corruthers, both in their 60s, met only six months ago.
It was a love affair later in life, but as soulmates go, West felt like she finally found the one.
In late March, Corruthers started getting sick with a cough. It got worse and eventually he had a hard time breathing.
She rushed him to the hospital, but Corruthers did not make it.
On March 24, West developed a fever and then a cough. She is among the most vulnerable as she is battling lung cancer.
“I spent an awful lot of time crying,” said West. “It was a very difficult stay, I was isolated, alone and saddened because Greg had just passed.”
West tested positive for COVID-19 and doctors at the University of Chicago asked if she’d like to take part in the remdesivir trial.
She took it for five days and never needed to go on a ventilator as her symptoms improved.
“I was thankful to participate in the trial, I do believe it will save lives and it certainly had some impact on me recovering and going home as soon as I did,” said West.
She just wishes her boyfriend would have benefited from the drug.
The Chicago Medical Society is making a push for plasma.
On Thursday, individuals who have recovered from coronavirus, and have been symptom free for 14 days, can donate blood.
It will start at 2:40 p.m. at the Vitalant Jefferson Park Donation Center. The center is located at 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave.