He’s been in the same hospital and intensive care unit for the past week, where the Prime Minister is now, but the emotion and memories are still horribly believed for Dave Hunt.
He filled himself with tears several times as he spoke to us in his London apartment on the banks of the Thames.
“Intensive care is not a fun place,” he says, “you see people dying … it’s absolutely horrible.
“I sell software for a living. I am neither a nurse nor a doctor. You see people being rolled and rolled. I just wanted to get out of this place. “
Mr. Hunt spent 10 days at St Thomas Hospital after being tested positive for COVID-19and were treated for four of them in the same intensive care unit (ICU) where Boris Johnson is now.
“Boris Johnson will be in good health,” he told us, “he will have a dedicated nurse who will check that his oxygen statistics are up … and he will sit there sucking as much air as possible into his lungs. “
The 38-year-old was one of the youngest in intensive care – but a few minutes after arriving at the hospital by ambulance, a team of nurses told him that he should be ventilated because his breathing was so bad.
“I had read that the chances of survival after being put on a ventilator were only 50 to 50,” he said. “I just thought that I will be one of those who will not survive. “
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Doctors told him he was going to be asleep for five to ten days, and he had time to call his closest family.
“For me, that’s all,” he said, “I called my brother and told him the password for my computer where my will is. “
He returned after 48 hours and woke up to the sound of “organized chaos”.
“I thought I was alive?” Am i dead I was clearly alive but I had this fifteen inch tube in my throat and I couldn’t speak. “
He said the most haunting sound was the constant sound of alarms going off as the health of other patients plunged.
“I heard the head nurse say, look guys … we only have nine nurses … and I’ll say there were about 20 beds (with patients).
“It just proves the stress that this service is going through. It’s… I don’t want to say it because it seems like I’m ungrateful or critical, but it’s like organized chaos. They are professionals but nobody has ever seen anything I like that. “
He was transferred after four days to high dependency service – the next down level of intensive care – but the trauma continued.
“They removed the tube, which was a horrible experience … but I still couldn’t speak, my throat was swollen.
“There were 10 tubes coming out of my neck … two or three for blood, saline, one tube through the nose for eating and a catheter. “