Mom who survived COVID-19 hospitalization, now watching daughter fight similar battle

"She's a fighter. She's strong," Robyn Benge said as she described what the last couple of weeks have been like for her daughter, Amanda.


A Florida woman who survived a fight with COVID-19 that landed her in the hospital, is now seeing her daughter go through a similar battle.

Sister station WESH interviewed Robyn Benge last year about her own fight in the hospital battling the coronavirus. Now a year later, her daughter Amanda is also in the hospital with COVID-19 and has been on a ventilator for days.

"She's a fighter. She's strong," Benge said as she told WESH about what the last couple of weeks have been like for her daughter.

"Amanda is also diabetic and she has asthma. She was at work and felt like she was having some asthma issues so she left work and went to the hospital and they treated her for an upper respiratory infection. For some reason, at that time they did not do a COVID test. The doctor thought that she was just upper respiratory so sent her home, which is exactly what happened to me."

From there, Benge said her daughter's condition worsened to the point where she is at now.

"She was only there one day before we had to put her on a ventilator,” Benge said, "before she was ventilated, they took a phone in there so I could tell her I loved her and to fight and stay strong. They let my grandson, her son tell her that he loved her. Those were the last words that she heard so she's got some positive stuff floating around there in her right now," Benge said. "I think that's the hardest part, is not being able to be there and touch them and tell them you love them."

Benge said while they had similar symptoms, some of their experiences have been different.

"For me it was different because I don't have asthma," Benge added, "I think she just thought, this is part of asthma, it was just an asthma flare up."

Benge added that her daughter has not been vaccinated.

"She was discussing with her doctors on vaccinations. She was hesitant because of all the media exposure about all the bad things about the vaccines and stuff like that. She was trying to decide, but had not made that decision yet," she said. "Everyone out there is weighing those odds right now too, whether we do it, or we don't."

"I think you need to pay attention to yourself, to your body. If you start having symptoms, be proactive, go get a test and just pay attention," Benge added.

On Sunday, Benge said her daughter was showing further signs of improvement.