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Survivor's story: 'It was a whirlwind!'

By SUBHASH K JHA
April 18, 2020 12:25 IST
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'Prayers are magic that can help you pull through anything.'

Photograph: Kind courtesy Zoa Morani/Instagram

Always Kabhi Kabhi actress Zoa Morani, who had tested positive for coronavirus, has recovered.

Her sister Shaza and father Karim Morani were also infected and hospitalised, and they have recovered as well.

"It is a huge challenge that God has thrown at us, but I believe He has given us the tools to fight it out too," she tells Subhash K Jha.

Have you, your sister and your father recovered?

My sister Shaza has fully recovered; I have a slight cough.

Papa is still in hospital. He should return in two days, Inshallah. (Karim Morani has recovered and is home.)

How do you look back at the experience?

It was a whirlwind!

A learning experience that how the little things in life matter so much, like taking care of our health, physically and mentally.

How grateful I am for the most loving family ever.

Also, that prayers are magic that can help you pull through anything.

How was the treatment and the atmosphere in hospital?

They were very systematic. Helpful, sensitive and attentive to our needs... emotionally and physically.

Right from the cleaning staff, they would come every few hours to check on me and say a sweet thing or two.

That would really brighten up my spirits.

No words will ever be enough to thank them for risking their lives to help us recover.

You are among the privileged to get the best treatment.
What about the thousands who have no access to proper medical facilities?
What do you feel should be done for them?

I feel the government is doing a commendable job.

I have been reading articles about how Kasturba hospital and Seven Hills hospital (in Mumbai) are dealing with the crisis.

I have read positive stories regarding treatment and recovery.

I am no one to say what should be done for them as I genuinely believe this is an extremely distressing situation from people from all walks of life and everyone is doing the best in their capacity to cope.

IMAGE: Zoa with her dad Karim Morani and sister Shaza. Photograph: Kind courtesy Zoa Morani/Instagram

What is your advice to those who are infected by the virus?

We are going through anxious times and people are still learning about the disease.

We cannot take this lightly and must follow the rules.

We must also take care of our health, mentally and physically.

It is a huge challenge that God has thrown at us, but I believe that He has given us the tools to fight it out too.

Prayers, yoga, healthy food and a disciplined schedule is what is helping me. Hope it helps others too.

Everyone still learning about the virus so we have to follow the rules of the medical authorities and the government.

Also, one must keep the faith.

Yes, it is scary and we are reading a lot of negative news, but there is an equal amount of positive news too.

Most people get hit mildly and recover from it.

What kept you calm through the treatment?

My prayers and my yoga kept the positivity up.

I am grateful the symptoms didn't hit me very hard, as a lot of people out there need oxygen masks and ventilators.

I did not, so I must concentrate on the positives.

Did you feel the support of the entertainment industry?

The support has been overwhelming.

Varun Dhawan is always very sensitive and caring.

He wanted to show his fans how I was recovering so well so that the fear out there can be reduced a bit and people can hear a positive recovery story.

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