Joy after stroke victim dad makes stunning coroanvirus recovery

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A Liverpool woman has spoken of her joy after her disabled dad made a remarkable recovery from coronavirus.

Retired binman John Hind, 68, who has serious underlying health conditions, was admitted to the Royal Liverpool Hospital last month after he was suspected of having the virus.

John, who is disabled after a stroke several years ago, then tested positive for Covid-19.

John's daughter Michelle told the ECHO that she endured weeks of anxiety as she feared her dad might succumb to the coronavirus that has claimed so many lives.

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John was transferred from his care home in Old Swan to The Royal Hospital last month after staff were concerned that he might have the potentially lethal virus.

Michelle, from Old Swan, said: "My dad had a stroke five years ago which left him disabled and in need of around-the-clock care. Four weeks ago I got a call saying my dad had high temperature and sore chest and cough."

"He was on antibiotics for almost a week but he wasn't getting any better so the home phoned 111 and he was taken to the Royal by ambulance.

"He was put on a drip straight away with antibiotics , and then put on oxygen .

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"Although the initial test was not conclusive when the second test found that he was positive my heart was shattered."

Michelle said that doctors prepared her for the worst.

Retired Liverpool bin man John Hind has recovered after testing positive for coronavirus

She said: ""I could not visit dad at the Royal and so had to phone up everyday. They said that if his condition deteriorated they would let me come in and say goodbye to him. It broke my heart when they said that to me – just the thought of not seeing dad again.

But the staff at the Royal were great and even sent me emails to keep me up to date on dad's condition."

Michelle said that she was particularly anxious due to her dad's complicated underlying health conditions which include an inoperable aneurysm.

John, who worked as a binman for years, was left unable to care for himself after a stroke several years ago. He was then admitted to a care home in Old Swan.

Michelle said that John had responded well to treatment at the Royal and had now tested negative for the virus.

Michelle Hind with her dad John and her brother Michael

She said : "After 14 days he was starting to improve. They did another swab test he finally managed breathe on his own with out any oxygen. I even got to speak to him on Facetime and the staff where amazing with him and me"

"Then he got moved Broadgreen. When his second swab result came back negative I cried with joy.

"He is still very weak from fighting this horrible virus but he has beat it now. He is such a fighter and he my hero."

And Michelle said she had message for the NHS staff who cared for her dad.

She said: "They risk their lives everyday and I am in awe of them."

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