Jennifer Guardian, 40, is recovering from coronavirus in Dubai.


Filipino expat barely escapes Covid-19 death in Dubai


DUBAI – Dubai-based Filipino engineer Jennifer Guardian said he was given a new lease of life after overcoming the “worst part” of Covid-19. He was given the all-clear and was discharged from the hospital on Sunday (May 3).

Speaking to, Guardian said he never expected he would contract coronavirus.

Guardian, 40, was admitted to a private hospital in Dubai on April 19 and had to be initially put on a respirator after he had trouble breathing, one of the worst symptoms of coronavirus.

“I still don’t know how I got it,” Guardian told  Thankfully, his insurance policy covered his hospital bills for Covid-19 treatment since he works for a public service company in Dubai.

“This is my second life. I will never forget in my whole life,” he said, adding that he spent scary days battling for life.

“It’s difficult to get Covid. It’s like fighting death. I spent four days defying death. I thought I wasn’t going to make it. Thank God for giving me strength to live,” he said.

He is looking forward to completing his 14-day self-quarantine to mark his full recovery from coronavirus.

Guardian urged people to stay at home, wash their hands frequently and to follow government rules on social distancing and sanitation.

“Covid-19 is a terrible disease you will never wish on yourself. Make sure you are strong and healthy,” he advised.

As of May 2, the Ministry of Health and Prevention said that 121 people have recovered from coronavirus in the UAE, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 2,664.

Meanwhile, UAE authorities announced an innovative treatment using stem cells. The treatment developed by the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Centre has been used to treat 73 patients.

The treatment works by taking stem cells from the patient’s blood and reintroducing these into their bodies after activating them. Patients inhale the treatment via a nebulizer. The treatment is believed to regenerate lung cells and modulate immune response. JMYDS/Expat Media

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