Father, 59, leaves hospital after surviving a record 65 days on a ventilator as family were warned FOUR times he might die from Covid-19
- John Betts, 59, survived for 65 days on a ventilator at Northampton General
- He was rushed to hospital on 26 March and put into a coma the next day
- John’s family were told four times that he might not survive the night
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A father has left hospital after surviving a record 65 days on a ventilator after his family were warned four times that he could die from Covid-19.
John Betts, 59, was admitted to Northampton General Hospital on the 26 March and was put into an induced coma the following day.
Despite his family being told repeatedly that he was close to death, John awoke at the end of April, remained on a ventilator for another month-and-a-half, and finally left hospital on Thursday.
His family were told four times that he might not survive the night, the Sun reported, adding that he is the British coronavirus-sufferer to survive the longest on a life support system.
John is pictured being clapped by doctors and nurses as he leaves Northampton General Hospital on Thursday after spending a record 65 days on a ventilator for coronavirus
John lost two stone during his stay at Northampton General Hospital and is still very weak, he said. Doctors hope that he will be fully recovered by next March
‘I’m blessed to have come through this battle,’ John said.
‘To anybody living through this horrific disease, stay strong.
‘I’m blessed to have come through this battle and be back at home with my family.’
When he arrived at hospital at the end of March he was immediately tested for the deadly virus and rushed straight to intensive care.
Within the space of 24 hours his health rapidly declined and he needed help to breathe.
Doctors sedated the 54-year-old business consultant and put him on a ventilator, which he would stay connected to for over two months.
Pictured: John, 54, who worked as a business consultant, before he was struck by the coronavirus at the end of March
His daughter Lauren Bedford, 23, and her husband Cameron, 25, recalled the ’emotional rollercoaster’ of their father’s uncertain fate.
‘It has been an emotional rollercoaster. Initially when he went in they said they needed to run some tests, but hoped to get him in and out within two weeks,’ Cameron told the Sun.
He added that Lauren visited John to tell him, ‘keep fighting’ after doctors told her he may die. John woke up two days later on 16 April.
Lauren visited John in hospital the last time doctors thought he could die.
John said: ‘I am forever grateful to the staff and doctors at Northampton General’
Cameron said: ‘Lauren went in to say, ‘Keep fighting’. He wasn’t awake at that point but sometimes a family member’s voice can help. He woke up two days later on April 16.’
Though he’d woken up, John was not yet out of the woods yet. It was another month-and-a-half before he would be taken off the ventilator.
John lost two stone during his stay at Northampton General and has been left very weak from the illness.
‘I’ve still got a long way to go and I know that rehabilitation could take up to six months but I have wonderful support around me,’ John said.
‘I am forever grateful to the staff and doctors at Northampton General.’