Covid-19 survivor's recovery on ward where PM is being treated

‘I witnessed lots of things I don’t ever want to see again’: Coronavirus survivor tells of harrowing intensive care ordeal at St Thomas’ Hospital where Boris Johnson is being treated

  • Davey Hunt ‘said goodbye’ to his family in ICU of St Thomas’ Hospital, London
  • ‘I witnessed lots of things that I don’t ever want to see again,’ he shares
  • Boris Johnson was admitted to the same ICU on Monday evening 

A coronavirus survivor who was treated at the intensive care unit where Boris Johnson is staying has described his harrowing ordeal of recovery.

Davey Hunt spent 10 days at St Thomas’ Hospital in London with Covid-19.

Despite the disease starting out as what felt like a cold, Mr Hunt said the virus soon made him feel like he was ‘being hit by a train’.

Mr Hunt was placed in an induced coma and feared he was going to die as the devastating illness took its toll.

What started out as cold symptoms soon had Davey Hunt feeling like he’d been ‘hit by a train’ he told followers on his Facebook page

Davey Hunt said he spent two days in an induced coma so his body could fight off the coronavirus infection. He would spend a total of 10 days at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, where Boris Johnson is now being treated

He explained: ‘I had a temp of 41, sweats, fever, cough, insane headache, aches all over and eventually couldn’t breathe so called 999 and was immediately placed in an induced coma for two days which allowed my whole body to fight the disease.’

Mr Hunt says he initially feared he would be in a coma for 10 days and ‘called the family to essentially say my goodbyes’.

He added: ‘I honestly thought I was going to die. I have my brother my will and off I went to sleep. once I awoke it was explained that I was in a very serious condition but responding well to treatment. I spent another two days in ICU and on a ventilator so still couldn’t talk. 

St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care ward on Monday evening. Downing Street said yesterday he had received oxygen treatment and had not developed pneumonia 

‘Eventually, that was removed along with my feeding tube, catheter and about 10 other tubes/wires and I was able to breathe on my own. 

‘I witnessed lots of things that I don’t ever want to see again. The sight of people dying in front of you is one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. I am in awe of the NHS and the dedication of all of them. 

‘Yes, at times, it was utter chaos but without all of them I really wouldn’t be here I don’t think. I am now at home resting praying for those who are in hospital, who can’t see their loved ones during this difficult time. I’m a lucky man and I don’t take that for granted.’

Davey Hunt is now recovering at home after overcoming the worst of Covid-19, but he has warned others to stay indoors to stop the coronavirus spreading

Mr Hunt returned home on April 4, two days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the same hospital’s ICU.

Yesterday two other coronavirus survivors shared their experiences with the fatal virus that has claimed thousands of lives. 

Matt Dockray, 39,  from Buckinghamshire, described the illness as ‘the most horrible experience you will go through,’ when he appeared on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday. 

The father-of-one said: ‘It’s a horrible, horrible experience. You’re very lonely. You don’t have any friends or family there so you don’t have that emotional, personal support you rely on in your hardest times.’ 

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