‘There were dark times, I was worried sick’: Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds tells of agony during his coronavirus battle while thanking NHS as he leaves hospital
- Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds tweeted her support for NHS staff
- The PM was discharged from St Thomas’s Hospital in central London today
- Ms Symonds is self-isolating in Chequers country retreat with couple’s dog Dilyn
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Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds told of her agony as the Prime Minister battled coronavirus in intensive care.
Ms Symonds said she will ‘never stop thanking’ the NHS after the Prime Minister was discharged from St Thomas’s Hospital in central London today.
After he was admitted last Sunday, the PM spent three nail-biting nights in intensive care on oxygen treatment before he was moved back to a general ward.
Ms Symonds – who is self-isolating in the Chequers country retreat with the couple’s dog Dilyn – tweeted her praise for staff at St Thomas’s.
Boris Johnson’s pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds told of her agony as the Prime Minister battled coronavirus in intensive care. Pictured: Ms Symonds earlier this month
Ms Symonds – who is self-isolating in the Chequers country retreat with the couple’s dog Dilyn – tweeted her praise for staff at St Thomas’s hospital
She wrote: ‘There were times last week that were very dark indeed.
‘My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.
‘I cannot thank our magnificent NHS enough. The staff at St Thomas’ Hospital have been incredible. I will never, ever be able to repay you and I will never stop thanking you.’
Boris Johnson’s time in the care of the NHS included three nights in intensive care receiving oxygen treatment at a tense nation waited for news of his condition.
Mr Johnson, 55, will now head to Chequers in Buckinghamshire to rest, with a spokesman saying that ‘on the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work’.
Because the PM will need time to recover, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is likely to remain in day-to-day charge of running the Government, for the time being at least.
It came as friends revealed how close the Prime Minister had been to death.
Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds told of the ‘very dark’ times she faced while the Prime Minister fought for his life in hospital after falling ill with coronavirus
Ms Symonds said she will ‘never stop thanking’ the NHS after the Prime Minister was discharged from St Thomas’s Hospital in central London today after being admitted last Sunday
They relayed a message from the premier who said he owed his life to the NHS medics and added: ‘I can’t thank them enough.’
Indeed, a delighted member of his family likened the recovery to a biblical resurrection, and upon hearing he had been discharged from critical care made a timely Easter allusion, saying: ‘He is risen’.
When ‘the boss’ was first moved into intensive care on Monday night, cabinet colleagues took to the airwaves to assure the stricken PM would pull through and hailed him a ‘fighter’.
But behind closed doors, his team of ministers and advisers exchanged private calls where they were forced to swallow the grim reality that the PM’s chances were on a knife-edge at ’50-50′.
Crushed aides who eulogise Mr Johnson as the glue binding together a tight-knit Downing Street team were even moved to prayers.
After three nights, they finally celebrated as the physically drained but ‘euphoric’ PM was released from intensive care and moved back into a general care ward.