A 58-year-old woman who spent over four weeks on a ventilator in a medically induced coma after contracting Covid-19 has thanked the nurses and staff for all their care.

Laura Barry from Drogheda in Co Louth was admitted to hospital on 1 April displaying symptoms of Covid-19. 

Her condition deteriorated rapidly and she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital. 

She spent nine weeks there and four were spent on a ventilator in a medically induced coma. Doctors at the hospital hailed her as a "medical miracle". 

During her time in hospital, she underwent a tracheotomy and her family say that she began to turn a corner after that. 

Today, Laura Barry left hospital to a round of applause from the doctors and nurses who looked after her in recent weeks. 

Laura Barry said today, "I've no recollection of three-a-half weeks. It’s like a dream. They’ve given me a diary of my stay in ICU but I got a bit emotional. I’m looking forward to reading it but not just yet." 

At one stage Laura was critically ill and doctors feared the worst. 

"The doctors said I was a medical miracle. They phoned my husband on Good Friday and told them I wouldn’t make it. It was so difficult for my family," she said.

Laura said everyone has been praying for her and she feels blessed to have recovered. 

"My daughter passed away six years ago and I’m definitely convinced she was telling me, no Mam, not yet. She was pushing me back.

"I’m blessed and so glad to be here. I’m glad I’m here to tell the tale," she added. 

"I’ve missed my family, I’ve missing giving them hugs and I’ve missed my cup of tea," she laughed.

Laura returned to her home in Drogheda where neighbours, who had decorated the street with bunting and signs to welcome her home, lined the street.

"It's just great to have her home," said Emma Barry, Laura's daughter.

"After all this time I just want to give her a hug" she said.