A COVID-19 survivor from Uttoxeter has returned to hospital to visit the medics who saved his life.
David Thomas visited Royal Stoke University Hospital exactly a year after he was discharged from the hospital after suffering with Covid.
Now David is planning a charity cycle event later this year. A retired University Lecturer, David contracted Covid-19 last year and after getting progressively more ill over the course of around 10 days, he was rushed to hospital by ambulance on March 24.
He had Covid-19 symptoms and was diagnosed with double pneumonia. David’s wife, Anita Thomas-Epple, said: “David spent two weeks in ICU under the care of Dr Ahmad Asa‘ari and his team until the infection in his lungs finally responded to antibiotics.
“During the two weeks his condition worsened before getting better and he lost a stone and a half in weight.”
David’s admission to hospital came just days after the first lockdown restrictions were imposed across the UK. He said: “We were really shocked that I could be so ill as I’ve no underlying illness and only six months earlier I had cycled from Birmingham to Amsterdam for over three days for a charity event.
“I do believe that being so fit contributed to my overcoming the illness.”
Since leaving hospital on April 5 last year, David has been gradually getting fitter. He has also been volunteering at the Vaccine Centre at the Pirelli Stadium and at the local eco centre, The Globe Foundation, as well as training for another charity event for Birmingham Children’s hospital.
On Easter Monday, on the first anniversary of his discharge from hospital, David returned to present a gift to those who saved his life.
He said: “Visiting the ward today, a year on from being discharged from their care was really humbling and poignant. My wife, Anita, rang to check that Dr Asa‘ari was on duty and explained we’d be popping by to say hello and bring a gift.
“Anita is a Rotarian and we’d been given a large box of chocolate from Rotary to gift to the NHS staff that saved my life. When we arrived at Ward 222 Dr Asa‘ari and his team came out into the corridor to say hello, find out how I’d been and generally admire their handywork. It was genuinely a pleasure and a privilege to be able to gift them a small token of gratitude.
“Dr Asa‘ari remembered me from a year ago and how poorly I’d been, and agreed that cycling as much as I do definitely helped with surviving Covid-19.”
David will be cycling from London to Brussels in September this year. To sponsor David visit his JustGiving page: daveandalaninthesaddle or drop in at The Globe Foundation on a Wednesday afternoon.
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