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Vera in Brussels
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Vera in Brussels

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Vera in Brussels

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"Life was absolutely normal for me. I live in Brussels with my husband and my son, with one more on the way. I’m currently six months pregnant with another little boy.

Life was absolutely fantastic until this virus came and turned our world upside down."
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This happens to others

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Valentin in hospital.

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Feel my presence

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"I had an upcoming consultation at the same hospital and I was just praying that he would be awake. I knew I wouldn’t be able to see him but if he were to be in a normal ward, I could wave to him through the window.

I listened to his favourite song on the way to the hospital and it got me in such a good mood, knowing I would be so close to him. I was very hopeful that he would feel my presence there and that I would feel his.

Unfortunately he was still in a coma by the time I went for my scan.

It was a very surreal experience just to be separated by one floor in the hospital."
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“Same hospital, different floor. I listened to his favorite song 'Havana' on full blast in the car on the way to my scan. It cheered me up, knowing I would be so close to him.

So close yet so far.”
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"My stepmom was desperately trying to be able to visit him, and this wasn’t allowed. But then they made one exception for her to be able to visit him for 20 minutes.

Though he doesn’t remember a lot of that visit, that is the turning point for him. That was the point where he was able to come back to us as the person we know."
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So much to live for

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“A new life.”
– Vera
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“The people who kept me sane through it all, my wonderful family. We went through hell but got each other out.”
- Vera

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All I need

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“The pain in his eyes when replaying what had just happened, on the first day he was discharged.”
- Vera

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“The bottle store owner asked, ‘What's the occasion?’ when I bought the champagne…

‘My father is alive!’”

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"My body suffered but mentally they suffered twice the time I’ve been through this. It’s heart-breaking to hear the ways they were spending hours and hours like this.

But the unknown actually brings feelings for the relationships to a very high level. My wife keeps on remembering, like the bible; ‘on day 22, this is what happened.’

And I realized that actually, this revisiting to every detail is because you want to go back to those feelings and emotions. You don’t experience those peaks in everyday life.

This was a big realization for me and something very special. The people close to me still need me there and I should take more responsibility for my life."

- Valentin
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“Just the other day, he went back to thank the medical team who kept him alive and saved his life.

Forever grateful to these heroes.”

- Vera
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  • Contributor: Vera Georgieva and  Valentin Stoyanov
    Directed by: Dan Hodgson and Julia Alcamo
    Photographs provided by: Vera Georgieva
    Illustration by: Ewa Ferdynus

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