- "It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it," Johnson told The Sun.
- "I was just incredibly frustrated because the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction and I thought, 'There’s no medicine for this thing and there’s no cure.'"
- The Prime Minister's fiancee, Carrie Symonds, delivered a baby boy on Wednesday, just a few days after Johnson was discharged from the hospital.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that, while battling the coronavirus infection, doctors were prepared to announce his death when he ended up in the intensive care unit. Johnson, who remains very thankful to the health care providers that attended to him at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital, said that he was furnished with “liters and liters of oxygen” to keep him alive.
“It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it,” Johnson told The Sun. “They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario.” The Prime Minister sat down for an interview with The Sun’s Sunday political editor,
“I was not in particularly brilliant shape and I was aware there were contingency plans in place. The doctors had all sorts of arrangements for what to do if things went badly wrong. They gave me a face mask so I got liters and liters of oxygen and for a long time I had that and the little nose jobbie.”
However, there was a day when the Prime Minister’s situation worsened, and he had to be admitted to intensive care. He described how “the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction” and he realized there was no cure for Covid-19. Johnson, who was a rugby player during his days said “I’ve broken my nose, I’ve broken my finger, I’ve broken my wrist, I’ve broken my rib. I’ve broken just about everything. I’ve broken all sorts of things, several times in some cases. But I’ve never had anything as serious as this.”
Johnson added, “I was just incredibly frustrated because the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction and I thought, ‘There’s no medicine for this thing and there’s no cure.'” Johnson went on:
“Some terrible buoyancy within me kept convincing me that everything would almost certainly be all right in the end. But I was just frustrated. I remember seeing a lot of other victims, both going in and going out of intensive care. After three nights, thanks to the miraculous work of the medical team, I was returned to the general ward without the need of ventilation. I felt so lucky because so many people have suffered so much more than I did.”
During the interview, the Prime Minister recalls asking himself repeatedly, “How am I going to get out of this?”
“It was hard to believe that in just a few days my health had deteriorated to this extent. I remember feeling frustrated. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting better. But the bad moment came when it was 50-50 whether they were going to have to put a tube down my windpipe. That was when it got a bit . . . they were starting to think about how to handle it presentationally.”
The Prime Minister reiterated, “It was thanks to some wonderful, wonderful nursing that I made it. They really did it and they made a huge difference. I can’t explain how it happened.” Johnson paused while getting emotional. “I don’t know . . . it was just wonderful to see the . . .” he went on, “I get emotional about it . . . but it was an extraordinary thing.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, delivered a baby boy on Wednesday, just a few days after Johnson was discharged from the hospital. The baby boy has been named Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson. The names are a tribute to their grandfathers, as well as the two doctors who treated Mr Johnson, namely Drs. Nicholas Price and Nicholas Hart. The pair are credited with saving Johnson’s life in the ICU.