FDNY EMS Paramedic Christell Cadet ― who shared her coronavirus struggle with the world last week from her hospital bed (see link below) ― is now unable to breathe comfortably on her own and has been hooked up to a ventilator, her distraught family told the NY Daily News Tuesday. Cadet, 34, is sedated and has a breathing tube down her throat, but hasn’t given up the fight, her family and friends said. On Friday, Cadet was well enough to speak to CNN (below) from her Long Island hospital, where she was admitted last week.
But over the weekend, her condition took a dramatic turn for the worse, said her family and friends, who are unable to visit her due to the highly-contagious nature of the virus. “She has definitely gotten worse,” said friend and fellow FDNY EMS paramedic Sherry Singleton, who last spoke with Cadet via text on Saturday. Cadet’s condition then showed signs of small signs of deterioration, Singleton said. Her friend was short of breath and getting oxygen round the clock.
By Monday, Cadet was unreachable by either phone or text — and her concerned family soon learned why. Cadet was transferred to the ICU and sedated, her mother, Jessy Cadet, 61, told The News. The family learned the news early Tuesday.
“Since this morning it’s really, really difficult for me. I can’t think or focus. I try to remind myself I have to remain strong even though she can’t hear me right now,” the anxious mother said.
Cadet was hospitalized a week ago after she collapsed outside her Queens home upon returning from an EMS tour. Her family found her on her hands and knees and struggling to breathe. She later tested positive for coronavirus.