Family's thanks to NHS as dad recovers from coronavirus at home - after 56 days in intensive care
South Shields dad Abul Azad was described as ‘lucky to be alive’ by one doctor – and now that the 61-year-old is recuperating at home, his family have sent their heartfelt thanks to the staff involved in his care.
At one point during his time in hospital, Abul’s wife Asia, and daughters, Habiba, Akiba, and Rakiba, feared he might not survive the night – but his recovery is going well and he is said to be ‘feeling good’ while resting at home.
Habiba, 26, said: “Dad and the whole family will forever be eternally grateful for all the care and treatment that was given to him by every single member of staff in the ITU team and on Ward 10.
"They all went that extra mile to make him feel safe and reassured."
Habiba went on to explain that the family were ‘terrified’ and felt helpless when her dad was taken into hospital, never knowing if they would get to see him again.
She added: “The consultants, registrars and nurses were there to answer our countless questions at all times of the day and night and give us reassurance and everyone was very supportive with the language barrier as Bangla is Dad’s first language.
“The feeling was indescribable when the nurses rang to say Dad could come home on July 2. His memory of events is hazy but he says he believed that the nurses and doctors would help him to recover.”
Normally fit and healthy, Abul has never needed to go and stay in hospital before. At the end of April, he developed a cough and temperature before suffering problems with his breathing and becoming confused.
After seeking medical advice, the restaurant worker was taken into hospital on Friday, May 1. At 8am that day, he was taken into intensive care.
It was 62 days before Abul was reunited with his loved ones, due to a suspension on visiting patients during the outbreak.
Consultant Anaesthetist Dr Sanjay Deshpande, said: “Mr Azad’s illness was severe and he is lucky to be alive. His Covid infection led to pneumonia, which was life-threatening, and he experienced organ failure, which meant he required respiratory support on a ventilator.
“There were several occasions when it was touch and go but, eventually, thanks to early detection and excellent nursing and medical care, he turned the corner.
"It also helped that he was so positive; you could sense he wanted to live and, despite everything he was going through, he was always co-operative and smiling. It was our privilege to care for him.
“He came to thank everyone on ITU before he was discharged and it was very moving and a great boost for us all to see him go home.
"It made feel me very proud of the whole team - from nurses, doctors and healthcare assistant to domestic staff - who have done such an amazing job throughout the pandemic.”