UK Prime Minister says doctors had a plan in case he died of Covid-19
LONDON: Doctors treating Boris Johnson Prepared to announce his death after being taken to intensive care, the British Prime Minister said in his first detailed comments on his illness on Sunday.
It was a difficult time, I will not deny it, he said Sunday in an interview quoted by the Sun newspaper on Sunday. They had a strategy to deal with a 'Stalin's death' scenario.
He was not in particularly bright shape and knew there were contingency plans. Doctors had all kinds of arrangements for what to do if things went wrong.
Johnson, 55, first announced that he had contracted Covid-19 on March 27, but maintained that he had only mild symptoms. However, he couldn't shake off the disease after a week of self-isolation.
He was rushed to the hospital as a precaution on April 5 for further examinations, but within 24 hours he was transferred to intensive care.
The party leader spent three days receiving oxygen support, and admitted after his discharge on April 12 that his fight against the virus could have gone either way.
But although he told the newspaper that he thought how am I going to get out of this? He never thought that he was going to die.
Johnson, who returned to work last Monday and became a father again when his fiancé Carrie Symonds gave birth on Wednesday, said he was given liters and liters of oxygen at the hospital.
He said he was frustrated that he was not improving, but reality came home when doctors deliberated whether to intubate him and put him on a respirator.
That's when it got a little ... they were starting to think about how to handle it in a presentational way, he told the weekly newspaper.
Johnson has repeatedly paid tribute to the state-run National Health Service (NHS) staff for their care.
He and Symonds' baby Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson are named in part for two of the doctors who directed his attention: Doctors Nick Price and Nick Hart.
Both are experts in infectious diseases and ventilation.
Symonds, 32, said in a previous Instagram post to announce the boy's name that Hart and Price saved Boris's life last month.
The Sun said Sunday that Johnson was thrilled to recall his treatment and recovery, which he called something extraordinary.
He said he had been in denial about the severity of his condition at first as he tried to continue working despite feeling rather groggy.
He also said he did not want to go to the hospital at first, but the doctors held firm because of his low oxygen levels. Looking back, they were right to force me to go, he said.
Johnson said the experience had made him more determined to fight the disease and return the country to normal.
His comments came when the government announced 621 more deaths in the outbreak, bringing the cumulative total to 28,131, just behind Europe's worst-affected country, Italy.
He said he would announce a roadmap to ease the blocking restrictions imposed in late March later this week.