Retired military police officer Paul Breeze died tragically from a coronavirus at the age of 63. This article contains images of him that some may find distressing.
Talking about his death, presenter Ross Kemp said, “In the last episode of the show, which aired two weeks ago, a very brave man by the name of Paul Breeze, who had been in the military all his life, asked us to film it so that we can show the public how cruel Covid-19 is.
“A fighter unfortunately until the end, he lost this fight and died as many did, but I just want to say a huge, a huge thank you for being so brave and allowing us to show the ‘impact of this terrible virus’.
In the first episode of Ross Kemp’s ITV documentary, which aired two weeks ago, viewers saw Paul taken to a department by doctors.
Paul was admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulties and put on oxygen, not a ventilator, and wanted to show how cruel the virus could be for patients.
In tonight’s episode, viewers caught a glimpse of the “new standard” for hospitals facing COVID-19 on the front line of coronaviruses in a hospital.
Ross Kemp was invited to return to the Milton Keynes University Hospital Trust as NHS staff prepared to deal with the full force of the coronavirus pandemic.
The second episode in the series continues to document the challenges staff and victims face as a result of the epidemic.
Medical authorities have revealed that patients in the later stages of their lives at the hospital would be allowed to be visited by a family member for one hour.
During tonight’s episode, the intensive care consultant provided a revealing glimpse into the reality of Covid-19 ventilators and patients.
Dr. Hamid Manji, consultant anesthesiologist, said Ross ventilators can damage the lungs, which are already severely compromised due to Covid-19.
He added that a push or second spike could be likely once the lock is released.
Dr. Manji said, “I think the fans can work. Because some people survive.
“But the reality is that the longer you stay on ventilation, especially with the COVID lung, which is a very damaged lung, the lower the survival rate.
“The ventilator can also damage, also damages the lungs.
“This saves us time so that the patient can recover from COVID. So ventilation itself is not a natural thing.
“The pressure damage causes the lungs to become inflamed. This is in addition to the inflammation that COVID causes. And that’s in addition to the inflammation that the body causes as it tries to fight COVID. “
Dr. Manji added, “So, all that put together, you can see how the lungs are very, very severely compromised.
“And also, we learned, if other organs fail like the heart or the kidneys in addition to the pulmonary insufficiency, the mortality rises to approximately 90%. “
Ross asked, “So ventilation basically keeps some people alive?” “
To which Dr. Manji said, “Yes,” but he conceded for some patients, they may prove to be ineffective.
The doctor added, “The reality is that as the lock is released, it is very likely that we will have another push or another spike.”
“This is a concern for me, absolutely because the lock is released and people start mixing again, there is this risk. So I think the message is always the same, even if the lock is released, you have to be safe, have some distance. ”
* Ross Kemp: On The NHS Frontline broadcast on ITV, Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.