Coronavirus: Grandad recovering after eight weeks of ventilation.


David Ford’s coronavirus battle lasted 125 days general (Image: Jake McPherson / SWNS)

An incredible-grandfather who virtually died with coronavirus has paid tribute to a nurse who caught by him ‘by way of thick and skinny’ throughout his 125-day battle for survival.

David Ford, 78, relied on a ventilator for a document eight weeks in Yeovil Hospital in Somerset. It’s believed to be the longest time spent on a ventilator out of all UK Covid-19 sufferers.

The retired taxi driver, who remains to be recovering from his ordeal, has heaped reward on nursing assistant Hannah Legg, who remained by his aspect when his household was pressured to remain away for their very own security.

David can’t keep in mind being taken to hospital after he was recognized with an unknown virus on March 21.

He was positioned on a ventilator for six weeks after docs noticed his situation shortly deteriorate.

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The pensioner mentioned: ‘They took me off the ventilator and tried to wake me up however they couldn’t in order that they put me on it for one more two weeks.

‘They took me off it and woke me up, I had 4 tubes down my throat and so they rang up and advised my spouse they didn’t assume I might make it.

‘In order that was that, and I went downhill and so they phoned my household up and mentioned “I need to put one other tube down his throat” and my daughter mentioned “if it’s the one probability he’s bought, sure”.

Pensioner 'unsure if he will walk again' after 125 days in hospital with coronavirus Nursing assistant Hannah Legg helped David through his darkest days.

Nursing assistant Hannah Legg helped David by way of his darkest days (Image: ITV)

‘I used to be in hospital trying on the ceiling with no voice as a result of they took my voice field out and all I had to have a look at was the ceiling.’

After the great-grandfather was left feeling lonely in hospital, he was stored sane by nursing assistant Hannah who would take her lunch breaks by his aspect.

David continued: ‘I had a nurse and he or she caught by me thick and skinny, and he or she was by my aspect whereas I used to be on the ventilator.

‘I did 128 days within the hospital residing in a mattress, and I used to be going dwelling the following day.

‘I may barely stroll, however that nurse, Hannah, stayed by my aspect on a regular basis. In ICU, I couldn’t reward her sufficient.’

Chatting with ITV, Hannah mentioned: ‘I keep in mind sitting and holding his hand and pondering he was going to go away, he was extraordinarily poorly. I nonetheless can’t imagine he’s performed so properly. It’s actually heartwarming.’

After ‘going by way of hell’, David remains to be feeling the after-effects of Covid-19 and is asking folks to observe authorities guidelines and put on a masks in indoor areas.

The retired taxi driver with activites co-ordinator Sarah Jane Ayo at Wincanton Neighborhood Hospital. Wincanton. 30 July 2020 (Image: Jake McPherson / SWNS)

He mentioned: ‘Individuals ought to be frightened about what a horrible loss of life it might be. I almost died of it twice.

‘I solely simply pulled by way of and I nonetheless can’t stroll after 128 days and I’m nonetheless having throat therapy as a result of it affected the muscle tissue in my throat. If results each muscle in your physique.’

A spokesperson for Yeovil Hospital mentioned: ‘We’re extraordinarily pleased with all of our workers for the best way they’ve risen to the challenges posed by this pandemic.

‘Listening to Mr Ford speak concerning the monumental distinction that nursing affiliate Hannah Legg made to his restoration and his emotional wellbeing throughout his many months in ICU is great and we all know it is a story being performed out in our hospital, and throughout the NHS on daily basis.’

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