One of UK's longest-suffering Covid patients discharged from hospital

Father, 63, who is one of UK’s longest-suffering Covid patients is discharged from north London hospital after 149 days after spending TWO MONTHS sedated in intensive care

  • Anil Patel tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of May after collapsing 
  • He was admitted to King George Hospital in Ilford where he spent four months 
  • On Thursday he was finally discharged after even spending birthday in hospital 

A father who spent 149 days in hospital suffering from coronavirus and spent two months sedated in intensive care has finally been discharged.

Anil Patel, 63, tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of May after he collapsed at his home in Chadwell Heath. 

He was then admitted to King George Hospital in Ilford where he spent four months in intensive care, and two of those under sedation. 

On Thursday he was finally discharged from hospital, 149 days after being first admitted.   

Anil Patel, 63, tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of May after he collapsed at his home in Chadwell Heath

Mr Patel said: ‘I remember my daughter calling an ambulance and being taken to hospital, then I don’t remember anything for the next two months.

‘My time in hospital has been very up and down – I found myself sometimes feeling quite angry at first and taking it out on the wrong people, but I always apologised.

‘Now, it’s on the up all the time. I’ve got to give it to the staff, they saved my life and have really looked after me.

‘They’ve become part of my family, everyone knows me, the doctors, nurses, and the cleaners.

‘I cannot praise them enough.’

He was then admitted to King George Hospital in Ilford where he spent four months in intensive care, and two of those under sedation

Mr Patel, who is married to Darshee and has two daughters, Aneeka, 28, and Nikeeta, 27, left hospital to go to a residential rehab centre to continue his recovery.

He is keen to get back home and hopes he’ll make it in time to celebrate both his daughters’ birthdays in November.

Mr Patel said: ‘I’ve got a lovely family and I just want to get home to them.

‘We’ve been video calling but it’s not the same. I’ve seen them once in all this time, when I was taken outside to see them by the staff. It was very emotional.

‘What’s kept me occupied throughout my time in hospital is contact with my family, I’ve also got three sisters, nieces and nephews, and lots of good friends.

On Thursday he was finally discharged from hospital, 149 days after being first admitted. Mr Patel, a building manager, celebrated turning 63 in hospital in August and said it made his day when staff made a fuss of him by singing and making him a huge card

‘I spend 90 per cent of my time on the phone. I’ve also enjoyed lots of chats with the staff, and other patients.’

Mr Patel, a building manager, celebrated turning 63 in hospital in August and said it made his day when staff made a fuss of him by singing and making him a huge card.

But he has a serious message for those not adhering to the rules which are there to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Mr Patel said: ‘I wouldn’t want anybody else to go through what I have so everyone should wear a mask and take all the precautions they can.

‘I get really annoyed when I hear people aren’t doing what they should; they would change their minds if they saw people like me suffering.’

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