The Bridge contestant reveals she ‘genuinely thought she was going to die’ after Covid-19 battle

The Bridge contestant, 39, who ‘genuinely thought she was going to die’ after battling Covid-19 reveals she now feels like it’s her ‘responsibility to embrace life and make the most of it’ after being given a second chance

  • Tara Jane Langston, 39, from London, opened up about her battle with Covid119
  • Told how paramedics put her on oxygen and she thought she’d ‘genuinely die’
  • Was speaking on last night’s episode of Channel 4 programme, The Bridge 

The Bridge contestant whose battle with coronavirus went viral after she documented it from her hospital has told how she ‘genuinely thought’ she was ‘going to die’.  

The Channel 4 show sees twelve strangers, including Trisha Goddard’s daughter and a plumber, face an epic challenge: to build an 850-foot bridge in 20 days, to reach an island where a £100,000 prize awaits.

However, the hour-long episode wasn’t all fun and games, as contestant Tara Jane Langston, 39, from London, opened up about her fight with Covid-19. 

‘The paramedics came and took me and put me on oxygen. I was on my own. I actually genuinely thought I was going to die,’ she explained.

‘I recorded a video from my hospital bed and the video went viral. I think that Covid-19 almost cost me my life, but it’s my responsibility now because I’ve got a second chance, to embrace my life and make the most of it, and that’s what I intend to do.’

Tara Jane Langston, 39, opened up about her battle with coronavirus in last night’s episode of Channel 4’s The Bridge 

The waitress (pictured) revealed that she 'actually genuinely thought' she was 'going to die' - and said that it's her responsibility now to 'embrace' her life seeing as she's been given a second chance

The waitress (pictured) revealed that she ‘actually genuinely thought’ she was ‘going to die’ – and said that it’s her responsibility now to ’embrace’ her life seeing as she’s been given a second chance

During the show, a contestant asked: ‘Obviously 2020 has been a bit of a crazy year. What’s everyone’s experiences during lockdown and what have people been up to?’

Tara replied: ‘Well, I nearly died! I got Covid and I was in hospital in ICU. I couldn’t breathe. It just happened so quickly. 

‘I still feel bemused by the whole thing.’  

A video she made shortly after being admitted was viewed hundreds of thousands of times and seen around the world. 

Tara told how she got Covid and was in hospital in ICU. She added that she couldn't breathe and that it just happened so quickly

Tara told how she got Covid and was in hospital in ICU. She added that she couldn’t breathe and that it just happened so quickly

It provided a wake-up call to many who thought only the elderly and those with underlying health problems were at risk from Covid-19.

In the video that went viral, Tara pleaded with others to take the deadly virus seriously and was one of the youngest victims in Britain to go public.

Gasping for breath and coughing, she made the harrowing video while in the ICU unit and sent it as a WhatsApp message to her colleagues warning them to take care.

She described trying to breathe as like ‘having glass in her lungs.’

The short video was posted to social media and went viral and has been viewed in the US, India and Europe. 

She said: ‘I would not wish what I have gone through on my worst enemy, but if there is one good thing I hope that it has opened people’s eyes to the dangers of this virus.

‘Until I became ill I took it with a pinch of salt. I was very healthy and did not think I would be at risk. And then it hit me. Knowing that some people will take notice and take better care makes the video all worthwhile.

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