A NURSE who spent three days on a ventilator after getting coronavirus is back at work.

Millie Magadlela, a nurse at the University of North Tees, had to be admitted to its critical care unit after getting Covid-19 in March.

A video of her leaving the ward to a round of applause went viral online, prompting national media attention.

She has now returned to work and has thanked the medical staff who looked after her.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be back after four long months at home recovering. Although a bit apprehensive about how my first day back would be, I can say it’s been lovely to get back into a routine and I’ve loved seeing all my colleagues and friends.

“I had a warm welcome on the ward by everyone. They were all so happy to see me back saying ‘You look amazing’ and ‘You look great!’. That made my day and my anxiety started to ease and I became more relaxed.

“To be back at work has given me a huge boost for my mental, physical and emotional health."

She added: “I was a bit tired when I got home at the end of the shift and I’d already been informed by our Occupational Health Team that I would feel a little more tired due to post Covid-19 fatigue.

“I’d like to thank everyone who supported me before and during my illness. The medical staff who cared for me, my friends, family and colleagues who stood by me and for the hundreds of lovely comments on social media from people I haven’t met but all wished me well.”

North Tees medical director Deepak Dwarakanath, said: “We’re thrilled Millie has recovered and is now back with us, doing the job she has some 40 years’ experience in.

"Millie is a highly valued and skilled nurse and I know the whole trust joins me in welcoming her back ‘home’.