A father-of-one struck down by coronavirus has released pictures of himself on an oxygen machine in a plea for people to take health precautions seriously.
Aaron Davenport, 27, who had no underlying health conditions, spent six days in hospital during which he was an hour away from being ‘incubated’ in an intensive care unit.
He credits medical care at Lincoln County Hospital and the thought of his partner Emily Greatorex and eight-week-old son Rae for helping him to pull him through.
Aaron, from Lincoln, believes he is ‘incredibly lucky’ to have survived after contracting coronavirus from an unknown source.
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He told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m proof that this virus can affect anybody.
‘I had no underlying health issues at all but I was in hospital for six days and I was an hour away from being incubated in an intensive care unit.
‘I don’t run marathons or anything like that but I’m just a normal lad who doesn’t have asthma and doesn’t smoke.
‘It just hit me out of nowhere and at first it felt like man flu, but after that it hit me really badly.
‘I owe absolutely everything to the care I received at Lincoln County Hospital and especially the MEAU [Medical Emergency Assessment Unit], I was just fighting to get home and thinking of Emily and my son.
‘I’m incredibly lucky to be here and I can’t thank the doctors, nurses and medical staff enough.’
Aaron went into hospital on Thursday and was treated in the MEAU critical care ward before being moved to a respiratory unit.
He pinpoints a cpap breathing machine and an antiviral drug called remdesivir, as being crucial factors helping him to pull through.
The plumber is now making a slow recovery at home in Lincoln.
He said: ‘It’s been a whirlwind. My body’s completely wrecked and I’m just taking things day by day, but I’m recovering.
‘The support me and Emily have had from my friends, family and the people of Lincoln has been unreal and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.’
In a post on Facebook, Aaron credits the hospital and especially the MEAU and Navenby wards for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty.
Almost 4,000 people have responded to his plea to make small sacrifices in return for preventing others suffering and losing loved ones.
Aaron wrote: ‘Please, for your loved ones, wear a mask, wash your hands and take the virus seriously through winter, till the scientists find a vaccine.
‘Who gives a f*** if we have a s****** than normal Christmas, what’s important in the grand scheme of things is your health and your family.
‘And when you’re fighting for every last breath, that becomes more important than a Christmas market, boozers staying open till gone midnight or 30 people cramped in a kitchen repeating the same party we had 6 years ago.
‘Thanks so much to the support everyone has given me, Emily and my family through this time, it’ll never be forgotten and always returned whenever you need me.’
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