A man who “fought for every breath” while fighting coronavirus has returned home and is “grateful to be alive.”
Hylton Murray-Philipson spent five of his 12 days at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in intensive care.
On Friday, he received an honor guard from staff.
“When you’ve struggled for each breath, everything is amazing,” said the 61-year-old, who spent his birthday recovering from duty.
“I cried like a baby”
Murray-Philipson was rushed to hospital the day after the death of his 92-year-old father from a non-coronavirus disease, and attended the funeral from his hospital bed.
The farmer from Market Harborough, Leciedstershire, said he “has been feeling bad for a few days” with a temperature of around 40 ° C (104 ° F) and a cough, before being admitted to intensive care.
“I was fighting to breathe, I spent five days fighting for my life. There were moments of great distress, of great panic. “
Mr. Murray-Philipson was fed intravenously, received oxygen and medication while attached to a ventilator, and was then transferred to a room to recover.
” The nurses [there] Asked me what I would like for my birthday – when you come to fight for your life, it is hard to think of anything, “he told the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
“I told them I would really like to shave. They agreed and I sat on the chair while they shaved me. Afterwards, they all stood around my bed with a piece of birthday cake with a candle in it.
“I cried like a baby, I was so overwhelmed with emotion. “
The father of two was released on Friday to continue his recovery at home.
Andrew Furlong, medical director of the hospitals in Leicester, said they were discharging patients who recovered from Covid-19 daily.
“Our staff provide incredible care and it is a joy when we can see the patients well enough to leave our hospitals,” he said.
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