A man from Sutton-in-Ashfield has praised the "incredibly dedicated" NHS staff who managed to help his 86-year-old father recover from coronavirus.
Christopher Briggs' father Eric was taken into King's Mill Hospital on March 15 after nurses at his care home noticed that he was "slumped to the left".
The great-grandfather, a resident at Sutton Manor care home, had previously suffered a stroke and the family's initial reaction was that he'd had another.
But days after his father was admitted to hospital, he was diagnosed with Covid-19.
However, thanks to the doctors and nurses at King's Mill, Eric has since been discharged after recovering from the virus - and is now back in his care home "chatting away to nurses".
Christopher, a 58-year-old public servant, said: "When we got to hospital, we went straight into a side room and were thinking the worst".
"The initial thought was another stroke, but then they told us it was possible Covid-19.
"We all got into full gear, went in and he was not in a good way.
"He was sweating, he was hardly speaking, couldn't quite recognise us and we thought he was going to try and pull off his oxygen mask.
"After that we couldn't see him, and then the hospital staff told us we all needed to self isolate for 14 days. It was confirmed as Covid on the 17th.
"I had so much contact with the hospital staff, who were ringing me to keep me updated on his condition. I don't know how, but he got through it.
"He had a chest infection two weeks before, so his immune system was already weakened."
Eric, who has two grandchildren and five great grandchildren, returned to Sutton Manor home on March 26 and, despite losing weight, is "in good spirits".
Christopher has thanked the staff at the Sutton-in-Ashfield hospital, as well as the "quick thinking" care home staff who got his father to A&E.
"A lot of credit goes to the care home, because they saw he was unwell and that he was leaning to the left", he added.
"When the ambulance came to the care home, they were all geared up for a coronavirus case, which they said was the norm now.
"But the care home's swift action was so important, and the way we were treated by the hospital was a lifeline.
"Being able to phone the hospital every day to find out how he was getting on, and keeping us all updated, was really reassuring.
"The NHS are all amazing, my niece is a nurse at King's Mill and they're all doing fantastic work through this. We were out clapping for them last night.
"And dad's back at the home, he'll be on his normal medication. They've said he's lost a lot of weight but he ate breakfast this morning, was drinking and talking away."
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