Bryant woman defeats COVID-19, says controversial drug could be reason for her survival

BRYANT, Ark. — A Bryant woman is thankful she beat a brutal run with COVID-19.

“It was just a loopy day,” said Nancy Eason, a coronavirus survivor.

On Monday, March 23, Eason got sick with a headache, sore ears, and exhaustion.

Eason didn’t think much of the symptoms because she’s battled Lupus for years.

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“Chronic fatigue is nothing new with Lupus. I thought it was that,” said Eason.

The following Friday, her condition worsened.

“It woke me up out of a dead sleep,” said Eason. “I prayed, and I prayed, and I prayed. I came to peace with myself.” 

Doctors told Eason it wasn’t a Lupus flare up, she had COVID-19 and a fight for her life began.

She experienced nausea and vomiting, fever, and shortness of breath.

“They didn’t wait. They immediately dosed me up with Hydroxychloroquine,” said Eason.

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug of controversy right now, and Eason finds herself in the center of it.

She’s used the drug for her Lupus treatment.

President Donald Trump called the drug a game-changer and said it should be used to treat coronavirus, but health experts have cautioned against it.

Although it’s been FDA-approved for other illnesses, it hasn’t been for the coronavirus.

Eason told us she believes the drug played a role in saving her life.

“You know I think probably that did, with me having that already on board, it probably kept me off the vent,” said Eason.

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There’s no official way of telling how Eason survived and others at high risk haven’t, but she’s using her story so others will take this pandemic seriously.

“Look in the eyes of a child. You can’t tell me that’s not worth giving up a trip to the mall,” said Eason. “This disease doesn’t care who you are, what age, what race.”