Michaela, 42, fell ill and her health went on to deteriorate before she was admitted to hospital (Image: Chronicle Live WS)

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A mum has described how she was left fighting for her life after she fell ill during a trip to Turkey.

Michaela Heathcote, from Bensham, Gateshead, in Newcastle, travelled to Turkey in September.

The mum-of-two was planning to see an apartment which she hoped to rent and was only due to stay there for three days.

However, Michaela, 42, fell ill and her health went on to deteriorate before she was admitted to hospital.

Her condition worsened and she ended up on life support at a state hospital in Fetiye for nearly three weeks, reports Chronicle Live.

During that time, she contracted coronavirus  and also developed pneumonia.

Michaela was "unconscious and unresponsive" for days.

Meanwhile, her son Jordan, who lives in Manchester, was making efforts to bring his mum back home and a Gofundme appeal was set up to support the family and help pay the hospital bills.

Michaela Heathcote, pictured here with her grandson Harley
(Image: Chronicle Live WS)

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Michaela regained consciousness by mid-October but was not in a fit condition to fly home.

It was at the beginning of November that she was finally able to come back to Gateshead. They had to pay hospital bills of just over £9,000 and borrowed money to do so.

Michaela says she did not get insurance as she has had problems with insurance policies in the past due to previous health issues.

Now, back in Tyneside, her struggles are not over. She remains unwell and has trouble breathing.

She said: "It was a horrific experience. I don't even remember being bad or ill. What I know is what people have told me afterwards.

"I was on life support for over two weeks, I couldn't manage breathing on my own.

"When I woke up, I didn't have a clue where I was or which country I was in. The first thing I remember is the doctor saying I had to remain there and I wasn't well enough.

"I was still in intensive care for eight days. I started asking if I could go home and they said I was not well enough to go.

"I remember my foot was green because I had not moved for so long. It had turned green and there was pain.

"I also got Covid whilst in hospital and then pneumonia. No-one was allowed to come over from my family and visit me. The staff in the ward were wearing white hazmat suits and visors.

"I didn't think I would get a chance to say goodbye to anyone."