Great-grandfather, 87, defies the odds as he returns home after successfully beating coronavirus
- Phillip Massen’s family, from Grimsby, had prepared themselves for the worst
- Doctors and nurses at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital saved his life
- Phillip, who had served in the RAF as an ambulance driver, is now back at home
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
An 87-year-old great-grandfather has defied the odds and returned home after successfully beating coronavirus.
Phillip Massen’s family, from Grimsby, prepared themselves for the worst after attempts to get oxygen into his lungs failed.
But to their delight, he is now back home – one of more than 50 who have been successfully treated for Covid-19 by medics at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
Today, both Phillip and his family have thanked NHS staff for ‘putting their lives on the line to help us get through this’.
Phillip Massen, 87, (pictured with his grandchildren) has defied the odds and returned home after successfully beating coronavirus
Phillip (pictured) and his family have thanked NHS staff for ‘putting their lives on the line to help us get through this’
Phillip was taken to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital on March 27 with a suspected chest infection, but was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to a ward.
As well as the standard checks and tests, staff at the hospital tested him for Covid-19, and two days later, it came back positive.
With Phillip being asthmatic and also suffering from pneumonia, the coronavirus diagnosis was not taken lightly by the family, who were expecting the worst.
After attempts to try a mask to push oxygen into his lung failed, the doctors had done everything they could to help him beat it.
But, over the next few days, what seemed like the impossible happened.
Phillip started to improve, and has now found himself back in his Grimsby home.
Phillip, who previously served in the RAF as an ambulance driver, has been supported by his three children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren from afar.
Phillip was taken to Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital on March 27 with a suspected chest infection, but was diagnosed with pneumonia and admitted to a ward. He later tested positive for coronavirus
Helen Barley, 35, from Humberston, is Phillip’s granddaughter, and has been keeping in touch with her grandfather through his experience in the hospital.
She said: ‘We thought he had a chest infection at first, so we were told to bring him into A&E and get him looked over.
‘He had his checks and blood tests done, and they found that he had pneumonia, so they put him on a ward to look after him.
‘But he had the coronavirus test as well, and after a couple of days, it had come back positive and he was diagnosed with it.
‘With him being an 87-year-old man who is asthmatic, as well as battling pneumonia, we were pretty much expecting the worst.
‘They tried putting a mask on him that pushes oxygen into his lungs, but after a couple of days of him trying it, he didn’t want to use the mask, so the entire family were worried that he wasn’t going to get through it.
‘But then he ended up improving over the next few days and he called us up on his mobile telling us that he was coming home.
‘He ended up staying in the hospital over the weekend, but it was just so they could get the care system set up for him, as nobody other than carers are allowed to visit him while he recovers.
With Phillip being asthmatic and also suffering from pneumonia, the coronavirus diagnosis was not taken lightly by the family, who were expecting the worst. The family are pictured together
‘He hasn’t fully recovered yet, but he is back home and is slowly getting there. But when he returned home, apparently all of his neighbours came out and applauded, which is lovely.
‘We couldn’t believe it, but he’s such a stubborn man, and has served in the RAF, so I’m not surprised that he fought through it.
‘It’s just nice that there are cases like this and that there are success stories when everything is so scary.
‘The death rates are really concerning already, so for an 87-year-old man with pneumonia and asthma to pull through it is just amazing.
‘One of the worst things was that we couldn’t see him and support him through it, but he had his phone with him and we called him every day to check up on him and see how he was doing.
‘After speaking with him the main thing he wanted to say is about the outstanding care he received at the hospital, we’re so lucky to have the NHS in this country.
‘He just wanted to say about how well he was looked after, and told me: ‘I want to just thank everyone who helped me when I was at the hospital, it’s because of them why I’m here today.
‘Thank you to all of the doctors and nurses putting their lives on the line to help us get through this.’
Sadly, 31 people have now died at the Trust’s hospitals, which include the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby and Scunthorpe General Hospital. However, at least 60 have recovered and gone home.
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