Covid, being put in an induced coma, resultant pneumonia, multiple organ failure and a stroke – Kilwinning’s Mary-anne Tennant was the first to admit she “shouldn’t be here”.

But she sat down with the Times, surrounded by her loving family, and shared her incredible story which saw doctors “gobsmacked”.

December 19, 2020 saw her placed into an induced coma, days after she tested positive for Covid-19.

Mary-anne admitted though: “They (her family) suffered more than I did. I’ve had the side effects and it happened to me, but I remember nothing.”

Her daughter Tracy-anne Tennant, sitting alongside her sister Samantha Frearson, explained further - and revealed just how close she was to losing her mum, who she was reduced to only seeing over video calls, due to Covid regulations.

She said: “I phoned every four hours cause we were a mess.

“We got phoned up one day saying she wasn’t going to make it and to come up to the relative’s room.

“Because I’m my mum’s next of kin the doctor just came into the room and said ‘I’m really sorry – I’ve wasted your time, you didn’t need to come up’.

“I’m like - the first thing you say is I’m really sorry!”

The battle wasn’t over yet and they were told the next couple of hours would be critical, but as Tracy-anne explained: “I know what she’s like, she’s no’ going anywhere!”

Mary-anne went through a lot in the resultant months, including a stroke and multiple organ failures - all while still in an induced coma.

Four months on and she was out, and she arrived home to a street filled with family and friends, cheering her return,

“It was absolutely amazing,” she said.

Speaking on life after the virus, Mary-anne said: “My whole outlook on life has totally changed.

“Seemingly they asked me what I wanted them to do before they put me in the coma – I said I just want to see my grandkids grow up, and now I’m here to see my grandkids grow up.”

She has more than

defeated the odds, and said even the hospital’s coma experts “couldn’t believe they were sitting there talking to her”.

She said she has a lot to be grateful for now, including the work of her doctors.

She said: “They definitely did save my life – I shouldn’t be here.”

She’s also so grateful to her family, saying: “They do so much for me. If I need anything they’re there.”

It something her daughters Tracy-anne and Samantha, and siblings Meg Riedel, Katie Watson and Aaron Tennant are more than happy to do.

Despite her remarkable recovery, it’s been a long road - having to learn to walk and feed herself all over again, and she says that survivors guilt is prominent.

Mary-anne explained: “All these healthy people have died, I shouldn’t be here.”

She also had a strong message about her experience with Covid.

She told the Times: “I’m sick of people saying it’s all a hoax.

“It’s not a joke.”