Vivine Uwizeye, Photo Credit: Taarifa
People spread false rumours online that Vivine Uwizeye had died.
Vivine Uwizeye, also known as “Miss Vivy”, is the only coronavirus patient to have been publicly identified in Rwanda.
It happened when a photo of the beauty queen on a hospital bed in critical condition went viral on social media last month.
Vivine Uwizeye on her hospital bed, photo Credit Taarifa
The model and mother-of-two, who was voted Miss Rwanda Plus-Size in a 2011 pageant, says she still holds the crown because no contests have been held since.
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Uwizeye is open about her four-week stint in a treatment centre for coronavirus.
“After days of symptoms I started struggling to breathe, on 16 April I was taken to a hospital emergency ward, the next day I was hit with the bad news.”
Two days after her diagnosis she was taken to a specialist Covid-19 ward in the outskirts of the capital, Kigali.
“I was the only one in critical condition at the centre, every day doctors did their best treating me,” she says, adding that staff also offered mental health support because “every patient was scared”.
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