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Doctor who had COVID-19 credits lung exercises for helping save her life

Posted at 4:18 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 07:56:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Missy Chamberland had all the symptoms pointing to COVID-19 - cough, shallow breathing and high fever, and she said it continued to get worse and worse.

She was diagnosed on March 21, and believes she got it from her husband.

She continued to have difficulty breathing, which landed her at the nearest clinic where providers found pneumonia in her lungs and placed her on antibiotics. And when she says the illness got even more hard to manage, all she could do was pray.

“Even knowing everything that I know, I was getting scared,” said Chamberland, “I sort of received the message of pulmonary toilet.”

A former orthopedic surgeon, Chamberland says she remembered the positive results a pulmonary toilet was in helping to clear the airways.

The practice is common in patients with respiratory illnesses like COPD and Cystic Fibrosis.

“I call it lung drumming, where you cup your hands and you drum the lung, on the front, on the side and on the back,” said Chamberland.

She says it took a few times to work but she found herself coughing up the infection in her lungs.

She documented her sickness on YouTube and even demonstrates how the breathing exercise is preformed.

And now she’s hoping this technique can help save others. For more information on Dr. Chamberland’s journey click here.