An elderly woman severely ill with coronavirus urged people to get vaccinated in a powerful note penned from her bed in intensive care.

Charlotte Broussard, 72, has been left unable to talk and needing ventilation to breathe by Covid-19.

But she wanted to get a message about the seriousness of her infection out to her friends and the wider world.

In large block capitals from Baton Rouge General Hospital in Louisiana, US, Charlotte wrote: ‘Send to friends.

On a second piece of paper she scrawled: ‘Take the damn shot’.

The hospital said it made a promise to Charlotte to share her message.

It said: ‘From inside her ICU room this morning, Charlotte Broussard signalled to her nurse that she wanted to write something down.

‘She wanted to get a message to her friends and we promised to help her do that.’

Social media users responded with praise for her character and sent prayers for her recovery.

Terry Berkemeyer Henry said: ‘It says something about this woman that she is concerned for others and doesn’t want the same thing to happen to her friends. Prayers for her.’

Bradley Babineaux said: ‘God bless this woman with healing and for her message.

‘Listen people before it happens to you, your family or friends. I lost a good friend lately and a neighbor that is in this same position for three to four months. Please listen to her plea.’

Charlotte’s situation was first reported by CBS correspondent David Begnaud.

He tweeted: ‘A Covid ICU patient at Baton Rouge General hospital – who’s unable to speak – signalled to her nurses this morning that she wanted to write something. They brought her a pen and paper. This is what she wrote.’

Louisiana, which has a population close to five million, reported 139 deaths due to Covid on Tuesday, its highest daily total since the pandemic began.

The Louisiana Department of Health said 2,856 people are currently in hospital with the virus.

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