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Veronica Leonard cancels plans, so she doesn’t relive COVID-19 hospitalization

Dec 15, 2021

Although Christmas is still two weeks away, Veronica Leonard has cancelled plans to travel from Belleville Ont., to visit family in Ottawa after seeing rising COVID-19 case numbers and not wanting to relive the harrowing experience she had last year, when she ended up in hospital being told she may not make it.

Cases of the illness, suspected to be driven by the Omicron variant, are rising across the province, especially in the Kingston, Ont., area, which is smashing local records and leading all other public health units across Ontario with the worst COVID-19 rate per 100,000 people.

Leonard, 72, spent 10 distressing days in hospital after contracting COVID-19 at a small family gathering last year.

“On my first night there, the doctor asked if I wanted to sign a Do Not Resuscitate order. Suddenly I realized, this is serious. This isn’t just, you know, we’ll look after you and you’re going to go home, it was you could die,” she said.

She spent her time planning her own funeral and calling her three adult children to say her final goodbyes.

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