“I Think I’m Going to Die”: Guy With Monkeypox Shares His Terrifying Symptoms With The World

An individual from London who was diagnosed with monkeypox and sent to a hospital for many days has described his terrifying symptoms, which led him to believe he was going to pass away.

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A charity worker named Harun Tulunay, whom is 35 years old, was cooped up in a hospital room all by himself in fear for his life.

According to the local resident of Shoreditch, the first fever symptoms, which he felt were caused by Covid-19, encouraged him to get tested. The Covid-19 test came out negative, and his temperature continued to rise, reaching a peak of 39.7 degrees Celsius which is 103.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

But Harun Tulunay, a charity worker in the United Kingdom who is 35 years old, was hospitalized for eleven days with what the doctors informed him was one of the most serious instances of monkeypox they had ever treated, Insider reports.

People who are pregnant, children under the age of eight, those who suffer from eczema, and those who have compromised immune systems are more likely to get severe monkeypox.

Tulunay has HIV, an illness that may cause harm to cells in the immune system; nonetheless, he said that blood testing revealed he had a strong immune system at the time of his monkeypox infection.

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An infectious disease expert practicing in New York named Dr. Jason Zucker, who was not involved in Tulunay’s case, said in an interview with The New York Times that “for a percentage of people it is much more worse than I would have anticipated,” but that it is unknown why this is the case.

Since the beginning in May, of what the WHO is now calling an epidemic, has spread to at least 50 different nations, Tulunay is one of 2,137 people in the UK who have been confirmed to have monkeypox.

Tulunay, who is homosexual and lives in London, is certain that he contracted the disease after kissing someone in the city, which is where the majority of the cases in the UK have been reported.

As of Wednesday, according to the CDC, there were 2,323 confirmed cases of the disease in the United States. These instances were distributed among 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with the majority of cases being reported in New York. In none of the two countries has the sickness yet claimed anyone’s life.

Here are some of Tulunay’s thoughts on his symptoms:

Tulunay described the agony as being similar to the sensation of having flesh being pulled from his bones. On June 13, Tulunay first noticed that he was not feeling well. He had a low-grade fever that he believed was caused by COVID-19, but testing came back negative.

He told MyLondon: “When my fever and pain hadn’t changed for a whole week, my friends became really concerned and so I reached out to 111 for help. I called five or six times when my fever was high and each time I told them the symptoms I was experiencing”

Tulunay's infected nose with raised yellow bumps around a discolored hole

One of Tulunay’s monkeypox lesions developed a bacterial infection. Image: Harun Tulunay

“At this point my fever was so high I was passing out and couldn’t move. I would get asked the same questions over and over again – the answers were always the same.”

“They said ‘if you get worse call us’ and each time I got worse the next day and when I called them the response was the same. My diagnosis was delayed a lot because of this, but I don’t blame them.” he added.

When he was finally examined for monkeypox, he reported that the doctors had never seen a case like (his) before, and that his symptoms were not the ones they had seen with other persons.

Harun just wanted to find out what was going on with him. He said: “I just wanted to know what is happening to me and what action can we take, I didn’t want to die from a high fever – my concern was not knowing what I had. After having been in A&E I was waiting on results from Homerton and I began to get worried about my fever. I’m completely alone in the UK, I don’t have anyone with me. I was unable to swallow my spit, drink or eat and I cried to a nurse on the phone saying that I’m alone, even 999 doesn’t listen to me, where can I get any help.”

“I had the worst experience ever in the last few weeks, it was worse than Covid and I’ve had that twice.” he added.

“I wanted to share my story to educate people and normalise the conversation around Monkeypox. My case is really rare – the person who transmitted this to me had it really mild – he had some legions but he wasn’t as ill as I was.” He said.

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