Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, revealed that the British government had made emergency plans for his death when his condition deteriorated during the fight against COVID-19 at the hospital last month.
In an interview with The Sun on Sunday, Johnson said doctors gave him “liters and liters of oxygen” to keep him alive.
Johnson, 55, returned to work on Monday, a month after being tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
He spent 10 days in solitary confinement at Downing Street from the end of March, but was then taken to London’s St. Thomas’s Hospital where he received oxygen treatment and spent three nights in intensive care.
“They had a strategy to deal with a ‘Stalin death’ scenario,” Johnson told the Sun. “It was an old difficult time; I will not deny it. “
He added, “I was not in particularly good shape, and I knew there were emergency plans in place. “
After Johnson’s discharge, St Thomas said he was happy to have taken care of the Prime Minister, but the hospital gave no details on the severity of his illness, other than the fact that he was treated in intensive care.
Johnson and his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, announced their newborn son’s name on Saturday as Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas, partly in tribute to two of the critical care physicians who they believed had saved Johnson’s life.
“Doctors had all kinds of arrangements for what to do if things went wrong,” said Johnson of his battle with COVID-19. “The bloody indicators continued in the wrong direction. “
He said the doctors discussed invasive ventilation.
“The wrong time came when it was 50-50 if they were going to have to put a tube on my windpipe,” he said.
“That’s when it started … they started to think about how to handle the presentation. “
Johnson described feeling “frustrated” as his health deteriorated and became emotional as he described the event, according to The Sun.
He attributed his healing to “wonderful and wonderful care,” adding, “It was an amazing thing.”
Experience has made him more determined to fight the disease and bring the country back to normal, said Johnson, adding that he would announce a “road map” to ease the lock-in restrictions imposed in late March later this week.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came when the government announced an additional 621 deaths during the epidemic, bringing the overall death toll to 28,131 – just behind Italy, the most affected country in Europe.