LEILA Barros, a decorated former Brazillian volleyball star who earned the hearts of many Filipino sports fans when she played at the FIVB World Women’s Volleyball Grand Prix in Manila two decades ago, announced early Monday (Manila time) that she tested positive for COVID-19.
Barros, who in 2018 became the first female senator elected in her home state of Brasilia, revealed that after experiencing persistent fever and body aches, she took a RT-PCR test that showed positive results for the virus.
She will isolate herself at home.
Barros is confident of full recovery as the exams showed no trace of damage to her lungs. As of now, she’s still suffering from strong headaches.
The 5-foot-10 opposite hitter led Brazil to a bronze in the FIVB Worlds two decades ago when Philippines hosted the World Grand Prix.
She was also an Olympic bronze medalist.
As of posting, Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the globe, with 1,866,176 positive cases and72,151 deaths as of July 13.
The 48-year-old volleyball legend expressed her utmost gratitude to the people who wished for her recovery.
In an Instagram post, she wrote (translated from Portuguese): “From yesterday to today I received countless messages of affection and solidarity here on social networks. I would like to thank everyone who dedicated part of their day to wish me well. This network of positive energy that has formed fills me with disposition. I have faith that, soon, I will be recovered. I say my prayers so that everyone who fights against this disease will have strength at this moment. A good Sunday to all!”