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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Captured by COVID: Deceit, Conspiracy and Death - A True Story by Michael E. Bowers is a chilling memoir that details the author's harrowing experience while being treated for Covid-19. On December 31, 2020, Michael, his wife Diane, and son Brandon tested positive for Covid-19. While his wife and son recovered, Michael's condition deteriorated, and he was admitted to Soin Medical Center. His health declined to the point that he had to go on a ventilator and was placed in a medically-induced coma. While in the intensive care unit, he suffered nightmares and hallucinations. Treated for post-traumatic disorder after his discharge from the hospital, Michael recounts the terror and trauma he suffered in vivid details that seem all too real. This is his story.
Michael E. Bowers' Captured by COVID is a detailed and immersive narrative about the author's terrifying memories while under treatment for Covid-19. It is also a heartwarming book about the significance of the love and support of family and friends. Until recently, Michael had a hard time remembering what was real and what were hallucinations during his ordeal, and it is incredible how he can recall the scenes in such graphic detail. This book should be beneficial for studying the post-intensive care syndrome of patients recovering from the disease. As the world slowly emerges from the far-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, this book reminds us that we should also pay tribute to the health workers who were on the frontline in fighting the disease. Highly recommended!