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05/21/03 - Singapore

SARS Survivors Tell Harrowing Tale

Some people are speaking out about what it was like to have SARS.Dozens of SARS survivors gathered at a Singapore hospital to ease the fears of people who think they might still be contagious.

Survivors say they battled fever, chills and painful body aches. One woman says the virus left her gasping for breath -- her hands, nails and toes turned blue from lack of oxygen.

The people say they fought a mental battle too -- against loneliness and depression during their isolation.

Singapore's health minister says the virus must be de-mystified.

Surviving patients have gotten checks for the equivalent of about $1,700 (U.S.) from Singapore's so-called "Courage Fund." Recovered health workers got about $5,000.

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