Mum-of-six who lost her voice within hours of her Covid jab finally speaks again - after three months of absolute silence
A terrified mum-of-six struck dumb within hours of her Covid jab has finally spoken again - after three months of being unable to speak a word.
Sofia Gomes, 43, from Wisbech, was unable to speak to her partner and children for weeks - being forced instead to communicate with them with a notepad.
The artist "baffled" doctors with her extreme reaction to the coronavirus vaccine.
She got her second Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid jab on May 19 and just hours later was unable to say a single word.
But on Sunday - after three months of being trapped in silence - Sofia finally spoke again.
She said the first words she uttered were "I love you" as she responded to partner Victor Plowman, 47, saying the same words to her.
Speaking on the phone today, Sofia said: "I was thinking it and suddenly it came out of my mouth without me controlling it. It's the best thing that could've happened.
"I feel like I've won the lottery, my voice took so long to come back."
The astounding breakthrough means she can now forgo body gestures and instead speak to her children, aged between one and 19.
But Sofia said she is "still not 100 per cent" and struggles with headaches and pains in her ears.
She is seeing an NHS speech therapist this week but said that she may claim against AstraZeneca for her continuing health issues.
Sofia added: "I'm very angry. I have to live with the consequences."
Just nine hours after Sofia got her second Covid jab back in May, she was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, as she was unable to speak.
Doctors assured her that her voice would come back but they had no idea how long it would take.
Sofia, who was born in Portugal, relied on body language and written notes to communicate with her partner and children during the three-month ordeal.
She was reduced to tears at points as she battled through the bewildering condition.
Communicating by email in June, Sofia revealed how her condition had turned her life upside down.
She wrote in an email: "I miss reading stories to my children and singing to them at night, and I miss being able to speak to my family in Portugal over the phone."
"I am trying to stay positive for my family, but I am really worried, and this has affected me a huge amount.
"I feel bad that I can't help my baby develop her speech, and one of my sons is autistic so it has been difficult not being able to communicate with him properly, too."