BORIS Johnson revealed that doctors were preparing to announce his death while fighting coronavirus.
The Prime Minister told the Sun on Sunday that he had received “liters and liters of oxygen” to keep him alive.
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He added: “It was an old difficult time, I will not deny it. They had a strategy to face a scenario of the “death of Stalin” type.
“I was not in particularly good shape and I knew there were emergency plans in place.
“Doctors had all kinds of arrangements for what to do if things went wrong.
“They gave me a face mask so I had liters and liters of oxygen and for a long time I had this and the nose job. “
The harsh reality of his plight quickly hit the house when he was connected to monitors and transferred to intensive care.
He told how “the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction” and realized that there was no cure for Covid-19.
In his fight for life or death at St Thomas Hospital last month, Boris wondered, “How am I going to get out of this? “
They had a strategy to face a scenario of the “death of Stalin” type. I was not in particularly good shape.
He recalled, “It was hard to believe that in a few days my health had deteriorated to this point. I remember my frustration. I could not understand why I was not improving.
“But the bad time came when it was 50-50 if they were going to have to put a tube on my windpipe.
“That’s when it started. . . they were starting to think about how to handle the presentation. “
Sitting in his office at 10 Downing Street, Mr. Johnson woke up reliving the extraordinary two weeks in which he nearly lost his life but recovered in time to see the birth of another – his new son Wilfred.
He said, “It is thanks to wonderful and wonderful nursing that I have been successful. They really did it and they made a huge difference.
“I can’t explain how it happened. I do not know . . . it was just wonderful to see the. . . “
His voice flickers as his eyes blush and he stops to take a deep breath.
He continues: “I am moved about this. . . but it was an extraordinary thing. “
Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds released the first photo of their son on Saturday. He arrived only 17 days after his father was discharged from the hospital.
The tot has the middle name Nicholas – in recognition of doctors Nicholas Price and Nicholas Hart, who saved the PM’s life in intensive care.
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Johnson, 55, admits that he first explained how serious it was when he tested positive for the coronavirus in late March.
He isolated himself from the apartment above Downing Street – separate from Carrie – but continued to work hard.
The Prime Minister recalled, “The fact was that I was in denial because I worked and I continued to hold these meetings by video link.
“But I really felt groggy enough to be completely honest with you.” I was pretty spoiled – not drunk, but fair, you know, pretty rough. “
Then he suddenly stops and asks, “Did you have this thing? Well, don’t understand. You don’t want it. I wasn’t struggling to breathe but I wasn’t in good shape and it didn’t improve.
“Then the doctors worried because they thought my readings weren’t where they wanted them to be.
“Then I was told that I should go to St Thomas”. I said I really didn’t want to go to the hospital.
“It didn’t seem like a good decision to me, but they were pretty adamant. With hindsight, they were right to force me to leave.
COMING TO TERM WITH DEATH
“I had the most fantastic care. It was impressive to see how they take care of people and I was very lucky. “
Johnson made the short trip to the hospital across the Westminster Bridge with his two protection officers.
After a rapid assessment, he was put on oxygen and fitted with a tube under his nose.
But it soon became clear that he needed more, so he was given a large facial mask. Things got worse and became “a little scary” when he was transferred to intensive care the next day.
The PM explained, “There was a stage where they really gave me a lot of oxygen.
“So they gave me a face mask and my contribution became very important. I’ve been going through liters and liters of oxygen for a long time.
“But things started to deteriorate on Monday. I realized it was getting serious when they transferred me to intensive care. “
Johnson admits he is reconciling – probably for the first time – with his own mortality. He had been in hospital several times before, usually with rugby injuries, but nothing like it.
He said, “I broke my nose, broke my finger, broke my wrist, broke my rib. I broke almost everything. I broke all kinds of things, several times in some cases.
“But I’ve never had anything that bad.
” Well no. All I remember was just frustration. I couldn’t see why I wasn’t improving.
“I was incredibly frustrated because the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction and I said to myself,” There is no medicine for this thing and there is no cure. “
“It was the stage where I thought,” How am I going to get out of this? “”
Things started to deteriorate on Monday. I realized it was getting serious when they transferred me to intensive care.
Mr. Johnson knew the possible consequences of being placed in an induced coma and connected to a ventilator.
However, he refused to accept that he had finished – thanks to his “terrible buoyancy”.
He insisted: “It would be a mistake to say that at all times I thought:” Oh my God, that’s it. “
“Terrible buoyancy in me kept convincing me that everything would be fine in the end.
“But I was just frustrated. I remember seeing many other victims, entering and leaving intensive care.
“After three nights, thanks to the miraculous work of the medical team, I was sent back to general service without the need for ventilation.
“I felt so fortunate because so many people suffered much more than I did. “
BEGINNING OF UNLOCKING
He continued, “I want to emphasize this. There are people I know well, that I’m sure we both know well, who are still ventilated, who are still in a coma.
“There are so many people who have suffered, so many families who still face enormous anxiety.
“There are so many who have lost loved ones and so if you ask me,” Am I motivated by the desire to keep others from suffering? “
“Yes, I absolutely am. But I am also motivated by an overwhelming desire to put our whole country back in good health, moving forward and I am confident that we will get there.
Changed by his ordeal
By David Wooding
Over the years, I have met or interviewed Boris Johnson several times – but this meeting was like no other.
Not only have we been forced to sit far for social distancing, but it is clear that his brush with death has made him a changed man.
His brand rebound and optimism are still very much in evidence. But he has emerged from life-changing events in recent weeks as a much more complex figure.
Boris 2.0 is a man who no longer feels the need to play in front of the crowd. In just a few weeks, he received more than most politicians in his lifetime. Her face betrays a mixture of terror, exhaustion and joy. But above all, the relief.
Within a month, he nearly died and recovered quickly enough to witness the birth of his son.
It remains to be seen whether contemplating his own mortality will be a galvanizing moment which will make him a great Prime Minister.
But it was clear from his look that the events of the past month had already had a marked effect.
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