Health, Latest News | Posted: Friday, June 12th, 2020 at 10:51 am | return to news

Remarkable Covid-19 recovery after 60 days in intensive care

You can survive Covid-19 even if you have serious underlying health problems.

Ian in Poole Hospital
Ian in Poole Hospital

This is born out by Ian Cobb, 48, who has left the intensive care unit of Poole Hospital after 60 days.

Ian, a welder/fabricator from Wool found out in March that he had Covid-19.

In August 2014, he had been diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare disease, which occurs when an abnormal protein called amyloid builds up in organs and interferes with their usual functions. Subsequently he had a heart transplant in October of that same year.

Following that, he also underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2017 and has received regular chemotherapy at Poole Hospital since 2014.

Mr Cobb initially started his recovery for coronavirus at home before being admitted as he became too unwell. In total he spent 60 days in the hospital’s critical care unit – the majority of that time on a ventilator – and was discharged from the unit on 3 June.

Commenting from his rehabilitation ward, Mr Cobb, said, “The staff at the hospital have collectively saved my life and I will be forever grateful.

“In particular, the critical care team have been phenomenal, they made sure the first voice I heard after my coma was from my wife, Sam, and I’m truly grateful for that.

“After 60 days with no visitors, it’s been a bit lonely but I’m expecting to see Sam soon, I’m looking forward to being able to spend time with her and my family again because I’ve really missed them.”

James Bromilow, lead consultant for Intensive care medicine at Poole Hospital, said the entire team were delighted with Mr Cobb’s amazing recovery.

“Ian has already had a really tough battle with his health over the past few years,” he said.

“He’s shown amazing fortitude to come through this and everyone in the critical care team wishes him well in his future recovery.”

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