North East UK news Man, 81, who beat Covid thanks 'Angels of the North' for saving his life PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Keith Yeomans has presented an Angel of the North cake to the 'incredible' staff at Newcastle's RVI who helped him fight off coronavirus against all odds
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An elderly man who spent weeks in intensive care battling coronavirus at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary has thanked his "Angels of the North" for saving his life. Keith Yeomans was on the brink of death at one stage with his family called to say their final goodbyes. But against all odds the 81-year-old fought back to make a miraculous recovery and has now been discharged from hospital. He accepts he is lucky to be alive and has thanked the "outstanding" NHS staff who cared for him, who he refers to as his "Angels of the North", with a special cake. The grandad of six said: "I knew I wanted to do something for the RVI. Without the ICU and high dependency ward I would not be alive today. "The staff at the hospital are my Angels of the North. "It means a lot to me to come back and show my appreciation to all those who looked after me. "The cake is the Angel of the North dressed in a nurse's uniform and can feed up to 100 people so I thought it was something they could all share. "The NHS has been fantastic during the pandemic and I wanted to see them in person again to say thank you for saving my life." Keith Yeomans has thanked the staff at the Royal Victoria Infirmary for saving his life with a special Angel of the North cake (Image: Submitted) A few days after receiving his first Covid-19 vaccine in January, Keith started with a cough and thought it might have been a chest infection. His wife Merle phoned the hospital and a Covid test were sent for both of them which later confirmed they had the disease. The retired business university professor said: "We spent 10 days at home. We were very poorly. "I remember one night I just deteriorated rapidly so I had to call an ambulance. I was reluctant to because my wife wasn't well either and if they took me away I knew she would be on her own. "However I'm glad I did go because if I hadn't I think I would have died to be honest." His condition continued to decline and doctors at Heartlands Hospital, in Birmingham, felt they had no choice but to put him in an induced coma. But with the country in the midst of a third wave of coronavirus, intensive care beds were at a premium in many hospitals. With no capacity in the Midlands, the father-of-three was transferred by ambulance to the intensive care unit at Newcastle's RVI - where he would remain for five weeks. At one stage, doctors feared the worst for Keith and even asked his wife and children to come and say their final goodbyes. But remarkably, on their journey to the North East from their Solihull home, the battling pensioner's condition had drastically improved after he was proned - turned on his front to increase oxygen flow to the lungs.
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. At one point my days were numbered. They sent for my wife and children to come up and say goodbye. "But on their way I rallied a bit and thankfully I improved. They proned me which made a big difference and was the turning point I was told. "I woke up and I had no idea where I was. I was all hazy and I didn't understand why I was in Newcastle when doctors told me. "I was just pleased to be there because the staff were absolutely brilliant. "They were first rate, giving outstanding care. "They kept my family informed of every twist and turn and allowed me to video call them when I woke up, including my daughter who is in France."
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Keith was then transferred to the RVI's high dependency ward for around a further three weeks before leaving the North East on March 24 to return to Heartlands Hospital to finish his recovery. He was discharged on April 13 - more than 10 weeks after he was first admitted into hospital. It has been a long road for Keith, who has been told he could still feel the effects of Covid for up to a year. It has meant a change in lifestyle for the active pensioner who before his stint in hospital was running an allotment, enjoying going out on his canal boat and going to the gym twice a week. But he is not under the illusion that he has been very fortunate to pull through at a time when many vulnerable people his age have sadly lost their lives. "I'm incredibly lucky," he said. "The rate of surviving is around 15% for people over the age of 80. "I still struggle with breathlessness so I do need oxygen. I still can't walk very far at the moment. "I've been told it could be six to 12 months before I get better. I'm just glad to be home now. "I was really sad to leave Newcastle in the end because the people were tremendous."
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