A father of three who survived COVID-19 revealed how nurses had given him 15 minutes to call his loved ones in case he never got out of intensive care.
Darren Buttrick, of Coven, Staffordshire, said at the hearing Boris Johnson’s account to overcome the disease had told him everything.
He told Sky News, “I was having trouble even dialing the numbers on my phone, going to the memory bank, choosing people’s numbers, calling family, calling friends – it was really awful to have to explain.
“I cried and begged the doctors and nurses before I let myself die. I pleaded, begged.
“And then having to tell Angela, my parents, my brothers, my sister, my family, my friends, that this could be my last conversation, I love them, it was very moving, very scary and I sat there to cry.”
His wife Angela said the decision to step up her intensive care treatment was a shock to her and their three teenage daughters.
“I just collapsed on the ground, I couldn’t function. As soon as I put the phone to him… I rang again and it was like I had to talk to him constantly before putting him on. ”
Darren, 48, was put into a coma and then placed on a ventilator at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.
He had a fever above 40 ° C (104 ° F) and said that his breathing seemed to be “choked”.
He had no underlying health problems when he fell ill virus the 11th of March. He described those who cared for him as “angels.”
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“The only nurse, she looked me in the eye and said,” Don’t worry, we’re going to save you, “and she caressed my arm.
“I remember she said to me, ‘Count to 10’. I think I got three, and I thought I might not wake up anymore – it could have been me who left. Fortunately, I did and I went out on the other side. “
Buttrick, who works for a large telecommunications company, has fully recovered, but said he found it hard to forget what he had seen.
“Seeing other people in intensive care during the two days I was semi-conscious, hearing the machines, seeing the people lying there with pipes, pumps, machines keeping them alive, was just horrible to watch and these are probably images that stay with me now and forever. “