Father says new Covid treatment helped him recover to see daughter’s big match

A patient with leukemia shared his story about how the new Covid antiviral treatment helped him get over the virus in time for his daughter to play in the Murrayfield final of rugby.

Covid-19 patients with certain medical conditions that are more susceptible to the virus are being offered alternative treatments to manage their symptoms and lessen the severity of their illness.

Mike Flynn (65), a resident of Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire was eligible for the medication because he has chronic lymphocyticleukaemia and a compromised immune response.

After feeling sick on March 21, the martial arts teacher went to a Covid-19 test. He contacted the NHS helpline following a positive result.

It was a lucky chance that I was able, in time for my daughter to score a try in final, to get out of Covid isolating.

Mike Flynn

Flynn stated: “By half-one, a courier had delivered the medication direct to my house and I took the first dose straight away. By the next morning I still had a sore throat but all my other symptoms had gone and I began feeling a lot better and could feel the benefit of the pills. It was magic.

“From start to finish, the process of getting this new treatment and then quick results of taking that treatment was easy. It was the perfect experience.

“There were two different types of pills that I had to take for five days, three pills in the morning and then three pills in the evening for a five-day course of treatment.”

The anti-viral treatment paxlovid was given to the 65-year-old.

On days six and seven, Mr Flynn had to take lateral flow tests. Both were negative. He was able to watch his 16 year-old daughter play in a rugby cup final at Murrayfield.

He stated: “My daughter Nicole plays rugby for Stirling County under-18 team and the national under-18 team. They were in the under-18 cup final against Edinburgh Harlequins and she scored the first try in a 69-12 win. That was nice to see.

“The following week she came off the bench to score the winning try for Scotland under-18s against Italy.

“It was a lucky break I was able to come out of Covid isolation in time to see my daughter score a try in the final. I think that was down to the treatment too for helping me recover so quickly.”

These treatments can make Covid symptoms more manageable, less likely to cause complications, and help protect people with a weak immune system.

Dr Lucy Munro Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire

Flynn hails originally from Alameda Island, California, USA. However, he has been living in Cumbernauld, since 2005.

The Scottish Government sent letters to inform people that they might be eligible for one of the new Covid-19 treatments.

More than 800 people have been treated in North and South Lanarkshire since December 2021.

Mr Flynn said that Julie Flynn is an advanced nurse practitioner in University Hospital Wishaw. “I had a great result and the process was so easy. I would encourage others who get the letter and qualify for treatment to take up the opportunity.”

Dr Lucy Munro, North Lanarkshire’s medical director for Health and Social Care, stated: “These new treatments can help make Covid symptoms less severe, make complications less likely and are important in protecting people with very weakened immune systems.”

You can find more information at https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-treatments/

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