The voices pierced through the darkness.
Conway resident Debbi Williamson was admitted to Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital on May 1 after experiencing worsening symptoms from a COVID-19 infection. Within 48 hours, her condition deteriorated so swiftly she was placed in a medically induced coma and, for 12 days, she relied on a mechanical ventilator to breathe.
“This might sound crazy, but when I was under, I remember someone reading me a Bible verse two times,” says Williamson, who is just 56 years old. “Someone else would come by and say, ‘Ms. Williamson, you are going to pull through this. Don’t you worry – we’ve got you.’
“There was a lot of, ‘Ms. Williamson, it’s going to be OK.’”
Williamson, who works in a non-clinical role at Tidelands Health as a pre-access authorization representative, suspects she became infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus when she met with a friend who later tested positive. She credits the care she received at Tidelands Waccamaw with saving her life.