Covid affected person who spent almost SIX months in intensive care leaves hospital – NewsEverything Scotland

A person who spent 167 days in intensive care on account of coronavirus has lastly left hospital. 

Neil McLaughlin was taken to College Hospital Hairmyres in East Kilbride on November 21 final 12 months with the “typical signs” of a cough and feeling out of breath.

The situation of the 63-year-old shortly deteriorated and he was rushed to the intensive care unit (ICU) the place he needed to be intubated for 167 days.

Medical doctors imagine this makes Mr McLaughlin considered one of – if not the longest – sufferers requiring intubation to assist in breathe in Scotland because of Covid-19.

A whole lot of employees together with nurses gathered at a distance on Friday within the reception space of the hospital and balconies to wave him off residence, accompanied by his associate Wendy Busby.


The Airdrie man mentioned: “It’s very humbling, it’s truthful to say a number of the employees clapping I’ve by no means met earlier than however as a result of I’ve been in hospital so lengthy all people will get to know your story.

“Me being a man I made a decision it was a chilly, Wendy being an ex-nurse determined it wasn’t a chilly so she booked me a Covid take a look at which got here again constructive.

“The primary lot I don’t bear in mind an excessive amount of of as a result of I used to be sedated for 5 weeks and I used to be so full of medication you don’t actually know what’s happening.

“(The physios) introduced my mobility on as a result of I’ve needed to discover ways to stroll once more, mendacity in mattress for thus lengthy… they’ve all been unbelievable, even all the way down to the individuals who made the tea.

“[There is] nonetheless work to be finished however residence now in order that’s the principle factor”.

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Ms Busby instructed the PA news company how she spent Christmas day on the telephone speaking to her associate who was sedated within the hospital ward.

The 55-year-old mentioned: “He was within the Covid ICU, he was nonetheless Covid constructive so there was no probability of getting in, it was simply fixed telephone calls and reassurance from the nurses.

“I used to be wishing him a Merry Christmas, telling him what I used to be doing, it was fairly emotional however that how was my Christmas to Neil was spent.

“The employees have been completely wonderful, not solely wonderful with Neil however for myself – the consolation they gave me after I used to telephone up and as Neil says, it’s not simply the docs and the nurses.”

Medical doctors who handled him have mentioned that there have been many occasions they did not suppose Neil was going to survice. 

Dr Chris Keuh, one of many guide physicians, additionally instructed PA: “He took a very long time to recuperate, a very long time to enhance and ultimately he was despatched down right here to ward 10 which is considered one of our basic medical wards.

“Neil’s labored fairly exhausting, he’s had a superb perspective about him and has labored very exhausting with the physiotherapists and right now Neil is ready to go residence after 195 days in hospital.

“It’s been unbelievable as a result of we’ve seen him week on week get higher, it’s not simply myself however all the hospital pulling collectively and Neil himself enhancing. We’ll miss him however really it’s an awesome signal that persons are recovering from this.

“Though Neil’s time in hospital has come to an finish his restoration isn’t at an finish in the intervening time so, sadly, he’s nonetheless goes to have group physiotherapy coming in to try to assist him to construct a power again up.

“Sadly, being in hospital for that size of time has its penalties and we don’t know the total results of Covid till in all probability a lot a lot later, it’s nonetheless as much as him to proceed to work with the physiotherapist to recuperate from this.

“There have been lots of people that haven’t been as fortunate as Neil and sadly handed away, there have been a number of occasions when really we didn’t suppose he was going to outlive, and he nonetheless managed to tug by so it’s uncommon that he’s taken so lengthy however we’re pleased that he’s managed to tug by this and get residence.”

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