Georgia Prorock is the kind of person you’d want at your party, or to liven up a dull family Christmas. With her bright pink hair and infectious laugh, she exudes warmth, confidence and positive energy. Chatting to her about her life in early 2020, there is a clear sense of someone who was in control and where she wanted to be. Life’s twists and turns had brought her from Greece to Leeds, where she met and fell in love with her husband, John, and finally to London, where she began a successful career in market research. She loved her job, was working hard and enjoying a buzzy social life with her work family.
Then, in early March, she started to feel tired. Really tired, in a way she couldn’t explain. She didn’t think she could face after-work drinks, which was completely out of character. Disconcertingly, she realised she couldn’t taste the curry she was eating. As it slowly dawned on the rest of the nation that we were facing something extraordinary, it very quickly became all too real for Georgia. Within a couple of days, she couldn’t breathe and was in an ambulance heading to Guy’s Hospital, one of the first severe Covid patients they had seen. She was put into a coma for 6 ½ weeks, and her doctors didn’t know if she would survive.
When she was eventually brought round, her family were overjoyed that she was alive, but for Georgia, her battle to rebuild her life was only just beginning. Unable to walk or talk, and with no visitors allowed in the hospital, her sense of self was utterly fractured.