A British woman found herself under fire from upset internet users after she was hospitalized with coronavirus and shared a video with her friends about her experience.
Tara Jane Langston, 39, was accused of creating a hoax by online trolls.
Here is what her husband, Richard Langston had to say on the issue:
“It made me question humanity,” he said from his Middlesex home, where he is self-isolating with his kids. “How could people be that negative? It just doesn’t make sense.”
Richard said his wife was in great condition before she fell ill from COVID 19 and was brought into intensive care.
“She started feeling unwell a week last Monday and went to the hospital after calling 111, Richard recalled. The hospital staff told her she had a chest infection and she was prescribed antibiotics and sent home.”
Richard compared Tara’s condition to a pendulum, where she would switch from recovering to getting worse again.
The couple called an ambulance when her condition got significantly worse.
“It was a horrific and terrifying ordeal,” Richard said.
After being diagnosed with coronavirus, Tara shared a video to her workmates’ Whatsapp group. Her sister, Nicole Poppy, had this to say:
“One of the people she works with shared it. Never asked her or told her it went viral while she was in her hospital bed and didn’t know till the next day.”
In the viral video, Tara said:
“If anyone is thinking of taking any chances, just take a look at me. I’m in the intensive care unit. I can’t breathe without this. They’ve had to sew that into my artery. I’ve got a cannula, another cannula and a catheter.”
Tara’s first video quickly went viral but people but people online were questioning its authenticity.
In addition to positive message, Tara received a lot of negative feedback from people questioning the truthfulness of the video, in part because she did not specify what she was suffering from.
“My daughter was getting upset as were Jane’s sister and friends. People having arguments on Twitter saying it’s not real and it’s fake. I was getting messages from people telling me to prove it,” Tara said.
Her sister dismissed the conspiracy theories with a shrug.
“Everyone’s going to have an opinion or conspiracy theory,” she said.
But all the negativity eventually made Tara record a second video to prove she was not lying.
Tara released a second video to prove that she is, in fact, in intensive care due to having been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Richard is happy of his decision to pack his wife’s phone before she was taken to the hospital.
“She otherwise wouldn’t have had any communication with us. I spoke to her today and she is doing a lot better,” he said. “She hasn’t had any visitors and she has done this all by herself.”
He couldn’t be more proud of his wife and is convinced that many good things will come out of this experience nevertheless.
“A lot of people going about their business and not thinking there are consequences have got in touch to say the video has changed their mind.”
Tara has since released a new video.
She is now recovering and seems to look much healthier than before.
Stay strong, Tara!
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Source: The Guardian