A coronavirus patient has been discharged from hospital after six months battling the disease.
Mark Gregory, one of Britain’s longest coronavirus sufferers, was admitted to Weston General Hospital, Somerset in April.
Despite having no underlying health conditions, the 58-year-old’s condition quickly deteriorated and he was placed in a coma.
He spent a further two months in intensive care before beginning his recovery, which included learning to walk and use his arms again.
Upon returning home on Tuesday Mark said: ‘It’s great. Six months is a long time.
‘I went to Weston first, from Weston to Bristol Royal Infirmary, from there back to Weston, from Weston to South Community Hospital and then back home.
‘It’s been long. I got a fright.
‘I just thought, “carry on Mark, be strong”.
‘That was the main thing.’
Mark’s family said they were told to prepare for the worst shortly after his hospital admission.
Yvonne Gregory, Mark’s wife, added: ‘The doctor phoned us and said “I’m sorry to give you the bad news but Mark’s very sick and there’s a chance he won’t make it”.
‘And then we got another call half-an-hour later to say his organs are shutting down and we won’t resuscitate him if anything goes wrong.
‘We waited the whole day and prayed so hard that he would pull through.’
It could be years before Mark fully recovers from his battle with coronavirus but having returned home, he said he is now looking forward to a cup of tea – or a beer.
‘I don’t wish [coronavirus] on anybody,’ he added.
‘People have got to realise how serious it is.’
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